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The report opened with the statement that it was the acknowledged inadequacy of preliminary education that furnished reason for a committee to report upon the subject.
Ideal preliminary educational equipment for the study of medicine had been sufficiently discussed by Drs. Gerrish and Connor at the meeting of the Academy in 1888. On their aspect of the question there was practical unanimity of opinion among the fellows of the Academy. All hoped for the day when every matriculant in an American medical college must have received the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Science or Philosophy.
It went on to say that the sources of information upon which it was based were primarily the annual official announcement of the medical schools, supplemented by the last annual report of the Illinois State Board of Health, and also carefully compared with the statistics compiled by Dr. W. G. Eggleston, of Chicago, and published
EMERSON JE. THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PRELIMINARY EDUCATION IN THE MEDICAL COLLEGES OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.Abstract of the Report of the Committee, read at the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Medicine, held at Chicago, III., Nov. 13 and 14, 1889.. JAMA. 1890;XIV(8):271–272. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410080019001e
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