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August 26, 1911

Education: How Old the New.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(9):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260080325040

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This volume contains eleven lectures and addresses. Of particular interest are the chapters on "The First Modern University"—that of Alexandria—"Ideal Popular Education," and "The Medical Profession for Six Thousand Years." Dr. Walsh shows in his interesting style that high ideals in education are not solely the product of recent decades, but were held and to a great extent fulfilled in ancient times. He shows also that much information of value may be obtained from a study of the history of education. In fact, he shows that the standards of medical education of a few decades ago were far inferior not only to those held centuries ago, but also to those long held by the Spanish-American universities of Mexico and South America. This book is well worth reading, and will be a valuable addition to the library of any one who desires a broad outlook on the subject of modern education.

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