The paper on this topic by Dr. Gordon Wilson, published this week,1 may be taken by some as slightly reactionary in regard to the standards of medical education. This is not necessarily true. In fact, a careful study of the tables presented shows no general cause for alarm. In interpreting the figures, several points must be considered:
In the first place, of the two institutions compared, one has been established for over a century and has a wider dissemination of its alumni than the other, which has been in existence for only about two decades. It is commonly known that a medical college receives a large proportion of its students through its alumni, and that most of those students when they graduate return to their home districts to practice. This doubtless explains why in Table 2 there is so wide a variance between the figures of the University of
MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(15):1120–1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580410054019
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