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January 12, 1895

Medical Education and the Colleges.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(2):65-66. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430020029008

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Boston, Mass., Jan. 2, 1895.

To the Editor:  —The numerous addresses, editorials and letters which have appeared recently, not only in your own valued Journal, but in many others, show how much the medical profession is thinking and talking about its own condition and how anxious it is to set its own house in order. They have inspired me also, who have had something to do with the manufacture of doctors in more than one State, and who have had many opportunities to inspect the finished product, to make a few remarks on the same subject.It is said that the medical profession in the United States is overcrowded. It can not be denied. The sick among 450 people do not need a whole doctor, and unless they include a liberal proportion of the 400 or their imitators, or unless very vigorously cultivated, do not support one. Hence the multiplication

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