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March 6, 1909


Author Affiliations

Regius Professor of Medicine. Oxford University; Honorary Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University OXFORD, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1909;LII(10):771-774. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420360027004

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THE STUDENTS  As elsewhere the Paris medical students are in three groups —good, indifferent and bad. A casual visitor to the laboratory and the hospital gets only a general impression, and that given to me was of a very industrious hard-working set of men. From the start the student knows that success depends on his brains, or on a facility to use them in a certain way. One word is stamped on his consciousness—concours, the public examination for positions of all sorts so characteristic, as I have said, of the French system. He is early made to realize that every single step in his career until he reaches an agrégé professorship depends on how he conducts himself at the concours. This must have a very steadying effect on a young fellow.One advantage the French medical student has over all others.

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