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August 28, 1897

Honorary Medical Degrees.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):452. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350050017

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Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 19, 1897.

To the Editor:  Apropos of the editorial in the Journal of August 14 concerning the conferring of an honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians on the Prince of Wales, it may be of interest to note that the first medical degree granted on this continent was an honorary one, bestowed on Daniel Turner of Connecticut by Yale College in 1720. As this was intended as a token of gratitude for Dr. Turner's liberal gifts to the college and not as a recognition of any particular fitness on his part to practice medicine, a wit of the time interpreted M.D. to signify multum donavit. Yours truly,

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