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November 14, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(20):545-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391190013003

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In a recent number of the British Medical Journal are two " Introductory Addresses," delivered at the opening of medical schools in Great Britain. In themselves the addresses are worth reading and worthy of thought. By the strong contrast of views, however, they are still more apt to hold the attention and provoke comment. In both, the subject treated of with greater or less detail was the kind of studies most profitable for youths to pursue, and especially such as intended to make medicine their profession.

In one of these addresses Mr. Jonathan Hutchinson speaks plainly his own conviction that radical reform is needed in the choice of studies. He would make a distinction between the kinds of knowledge to be acquired by the people in general, and by those who have special aptitudes. The latter may follow with advantage almost exclusively a special line of study. The majority, not thus

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