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—The dislike to give credit to a rival publication, which is an idiosyncrasy of some editors, occasionally causes a comical evasion. Thus, an English contemporary, using the Journal's elaborate statistics of Medical Colleges and Medical College Attendance in the United States1, has the following item: "In 1892 there were 15,339 medical students in 98 public colleges in the United States, and nearly 18,000 in the 117 public and private colleges. In 1894 the number had risen to 17,701 in the public colleges and 21,186 in the public and private." The Journal does not understand the distinction here made between "public" and "private" colleges. What the Journal said—page 992, Dec. 29, 1894, was that, "Through the courtesy of the Deans and Registrars of 98 out of the 117 existing regular medical colleges in the United States and Canada," etc. The classification of these schools into "98 public colleges" and "19
"Private Colleges.". JAMA. 1895;XXIV(18):686. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430180032011
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