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December 7, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(23):795-798. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401190001001

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THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MEDICINE;  OBSTACLES TO THE GENERAL ADOPTION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE ACADEMY.Address of the President delivered at the Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ills., Nov. 13, 1889.BY LEARTUS CONNOR, A.M., M.D.,OF DETROIT, MICH.(Concluded from page 762.)We are compelled to admit the existence of another side of the picture. There are numerous serious obstacles to the rapid adoption by the medical colleges of a high grade of preliminary requirements from their students. Among these we note a few:1. According to statistics collected by the late President Barnard, of Columbia College, it appears that, the proportion of literary college students has diminished during the past fifty years from 1 in 2,000 of the entire population to 1 in 2,500. During these fifty years the population has increased about fourfold; the number of colleges threefold, but the aggregate number of students

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