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September 30, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(14):1006-1007. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510140054007

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It is unnecessary nowadays for the American medical student to go to Europe to finish his medical education. Once it was, but not now. This is the sentiment of a short article by Dr. Nicholas Senn in the current number of Collier's Weekly. He calls attention to the fact that during the war of independence our surgeons carried with them text-books written by surgeons of the opposing army. Now, however, "our medical schools have gradually raised the requirements of admission lengthened the time of college attendance, equipped laboratories, secured adequate clinical facilities, and initiated a vigorous final examination, until some of our leading schools, like the Harvard Medical School, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Rush Medical College, Chicago, compare well with any of the European schools. Fortunately, the elective system in teaching, so common in Europe,

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