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June 5, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(23):1842. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540490040008

During the past five years no less than thirty medical colleges, either through merger or otherwise, have voluntarily closed their doors, such action being taken chiefly that higher standards of medical education might prevail. The majority of these were fairly strong schools, and to close them required many sacrifices on the part of their faculties; nevertheless that action was deliberately taken. This was true in Indiana, in Kentucky, in Ohio, at Minneapolis and at other places, and the spirit thus manifested is the greatest promise that fair educational standards will eventually be established throughout this country.

The reasons for the closing of these medical schools are practically the same as those clearly set forth by the dean of another college which has voluntarily closed its doors and which is referred to on another page.1 The action taken by this Nebraska college is another step in the progress being made