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July 6, 1895

THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN CITIES.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(1):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430270049004

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Abstract

The rush of young men, not well prepared, into the practice of medicine is likely to be checked and headed off for a time. The State examinations for license to practice will raise the standard and drive out the incompetents and quacks. In some of the large eastern cities new questions of professional peril are coming into prominence. Teachers and specialists in every city have depended very largely on consultation practice. The strain to secure a position in a medical college was, in most instances, to enlarge their acquaintance and consultation practice. This has grown to such an extent that vacancies for teaching are bought and sold, not always for so much money, but for influence and prospective power to help the college and its teachers.

The time came when the would-be medical teachers far exceeded the demand, and the polyclinics were organized. This appeared to be a most fortunate

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