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A wolf in sheep's clothing could not be more dangerous to the shepherd's fold than the enemy which confronts the general body of practitioners today. Accumulation of wealth in a few men's hands and the drifting of these men to the cities, is one of the causes which render the endowment of medical schools, the founding of hospitals, easier than ever. The medcal schools will obtain from rich men money to build Smith clinics, Jones maternities, or Robinson hospitals or operating wards. In the expenditure of such funds, the medical man who obtains the superintendence ceases to be independent; he becomes, as a rule, the retainer, if not the sycophant of the rich man.
In times of yore a student starting the study of medicine appeared at college, after having read with his preceptor, a general practitioner in the country, for from one to three years. Today preceptorships have ceased
ASHMEAD AS. A NATIONAL MEDICAL SCHOOL. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(13):628. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440390018002g
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