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August 15, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(7):606-607. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540070064007

For many years certain states have had medical departments connected with the state universities, The opinion that the proper training of physicians is a function which the state should assume has been rapidly spreading, since of the twenty or more state universities which now have medical departments no less than nine have been established during the last five years. During this same time, state legislatures have made large appropriations for medical buildings, equipment and hospitals. It now appears that a large city is about to assume a like responsibility. Three cities have long supported colleges of liberal arts which were under city control and largely supported by municipal taxation, these being the College of Charleston, South Carolina, opened in 1791; the College of the City of New York, opened in 1849, and the University of Cincinnati, opened in 1874. None of these institutions, however, has had medical departments until the