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February 22, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(8):615-616. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530340043011

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While some of our medical college professors are deploring the length of time now required to obtain a medical qualification, it is well to note what is the ideal of the awakening Orientals on this subject. In the specifications for the course of study in the projected medical college at Peking, according to U. S. Consul W. T. Gracey, three years are to be given to traditional Chinese practice, followed by six years of modern western medical studies. At the end of these nine years, if the candidate passes his examinations, which are specified to be thorough, three years' more of study and trial practice will be required before he is qualified—all this in addition to a certain required literary grade. Evidently Chinese prejudice will not permit the entire abandonment of the old ways and there will therefore be much to unlearn during the six years of scientific western training,

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