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October 15, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(16):498-499. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400150018004

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A year ago one of our contemporaries spoke of the "Students' Numbers" of the English weeklies as "unmitigated nuisances." They can be so regarded only by those who do not earnestly desire a reform in medical teaching. It would be well if every physician, every student, and especially every teacher of medicine in this country, could read these "educational numbers" each year and study in them the English system of medical instruction. In England —or we should say, in the United Kingdom—medical study is practically under the regulation of the Government. In this country the General Government does not concern itself with medical education; and where there is any governmental regulation or supervision it is that of a State.

In the United Kingdom no person is allowed to register as a medical student (and every medical student must be registered) unless he has previously passed, at one or more examinations,

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