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May 2, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(18):496-497. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390930020007

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A recent number of the British Medical Journal contains an editorial in regard to the dropping of the study of chemistry from the course in the medical colleges, claiming that chemistry is not a branch of science, but a science in itself. It says, with great truth, that of all the sciences, chemistry has the greatest application; and that while it is a science of itself, it has more intimate relations with all other sciences, including the fine and industrial arts, and the art and science of healing, than any other branch of knowledge; that while its relation to medicine is close, it is at the same time ill-defined; that while everyone will admit that the medical student must know some chemistry, few, if any (of those who appreciate its value), are satisfied with the manner in which it is taught in the medical schools. Our contemporary justly holds that

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