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January 15, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(3):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550290040007

It has been generally known that in Spanish-American countries the necessity for maintaining a high standard of professional education in both law and medicine was early appreciated, and that the laws regulating these questions were carefully drawn up. A good preliminary education, sometimes even a university degree, was required for admission to the medical department of universities and five years of the study of medicine demanded, though this was afterward increased in some of the countries to six and even seven years of required medical study. We have known less about the Portuguese portions of America because the language is less familiar to Americans of English descent, as a rule, than Spanish. Some interesting information on this subject has been supplied by the sketch of "The Evolution of Medicine in Brazil," which was read before the Fourth Latin-American Medical Congress, held in Rio de Janeiro last August.2

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