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May 23, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(21):578-580. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390960018005

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The period of gestation of the medical colleges having been recently completed without serious accident, with the usual accompanying crop of valedictory, inaugural, graduate, and alumni addresses, all containing more or less mention of the exceedingly low status of the profession in this country, and all, without exception, giving the infallible methods of dealing with this depraved condition of the profession, it seems a very proper time to inquire as to the real state of the matter.

Is the American doctor a hopeless ignoramus? A careful reading of some four or five dozen of these addresses would probably show that he is; and furthermore, that he is becoming more so every year. But should the reader, with gloomy forebodings as to the future of the people whose lives are often in the hands of this uneducated (?) mob (?), turn to the columns of our best journals, or look upon their library

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