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The London Lancet, of July 24, devotes an editorial to an explanation of the significance, as it understands it, of the recent conferring of an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians on the Prince of Wales. Judging from the tone of this leading editorial, for we have no other source of information, the appointment has been looked upon somewhat askance by certain members of the medical profession in Great Britain. The ordinary significance of an honorary degree is, that its recipient possesses eminently respectable, if not pre-eminent qualifications in the particular branch of learning represented by the degree, and to make such a bestowal upon one who has notoriously had no special training, solely on account of his official position, has upon its face a certain stamp of grotesque impropriety. The Lancet admits that the granting of an honorary medical title, no matter who is the recipient, will
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE PRINCE OF WALES, F.R.C.P. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(7):342–343. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440330042006
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