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May 12, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(19):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400450015004

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The able Address on "The Mission of the American Medical Association," delivered by President Garnett, on Tuesday, should be read carefully, and especially by the teachers in those medical schools that have neither requirements for admission to their classes, nor systematic graded courses of instruction. The opinion that students of medicine must have a good preliminary education before entering a medical school, and that public interest, and the welfare of the individual student as well as of the profession as a whole demand systematic graded courses of instruction is becoming more general each year, and will bear good fruit when the colleges that are still out of line find that it is to their interest to put up the bars both for entrance and for graduation.

It is useless to enter into any argument with those that assert that the American Medical Association has accomplished nothing in the way of

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