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April 12, 1890

WHERE IGNORANCE IS BLISS, 'TIS FOLLY TO BE WISE.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(15):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410150029006

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Abstract

Is this the logical conclusion which we are compelled to receive as the deliberate deliverance of the august Senate of the Empire State, in this year of our Lord, 1890?

Is ignorance at a premium in New York? In the survival of the fittest does illiteracy need protection? Evidently the promoters of this repeal have an eye to revenue, and it may be that this is a tariff, or rather "free trade," for revenue only.

The Act of 1889 requires intending medical students to satisfy examiners under the authority of the State Regents, of their preliminary education, in Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography, Orthography, American History, English Composition, and the elements of Natural Philosophy. And could anything be more reasonable than that a medical intendent should be thus far qualified to enter upon the study of his profession?

Now comes the pronouncement of this sage body of Legislators, that this amount of

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