The time is opportune to indulge in a few remarks relative to medical education. The evolutionary spirit for betterments pervading the land is significant. The teaching and practice of medicine are being influenced by this same spirit. An opportunity, full of possibilities, now presents itself to this body to manifest this spirit by inaugurating a resistless movement for betterments within our educational ranks. The perturbed condition of medical matters in America and abroad, cries for rectification. Medical education must be standardized, systematized and glorified. Innumerable details must be considered and generalized. The materials are present in abundance, the opportunities are ripe, and everything is in readiness for the master-strokes of our educationalists.
A grave responsibility, in fact, rests on this body. You have before you no easy task, but a mighty labor— a labor in which we proffer you our undivided support and prayers. It is your task to evolve
FERGUSON AH. THE EVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT FOR BETTERMENT IN MEDICAL EDUCATION. JAMA. 1911;LVI(14):1015–1016. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560140001001
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