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December 12, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(24):662. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391230018007

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Initiatory steps have been taken to establish a regular Polyclinic in this city, similar in character to the institutions under the same name in New York, Philadelphia, and some of the foreign cities. If such institutions are profitable both for those engaged in them and for the profession at large, there is no reason why one of the first class should not exist in Chicago. The number and extent of her public hospitals and dispensaries open for clinical instruction, the number and ability of those practising and teaching in special departments, and the number of medical students annually attending her medical colleges, give her rank among the most prominent medical centres in this country.

Indeed, there is nothing to prevent any practitioner of more than three years' standing from matriculating in one or more of the regular schools, and by taking the tickets for admission to the principal hospitals and

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