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Much has been written on medical education, and the better medical schools are trying to raise the standard by requiring more in the way of general education before allowing one to matriculate, and a more thorough knowledge of medicine, both theoretical and practical, before granting a diploma. The civil authorities in the different states are more or less active in the same line, one state after another in the past few years having made it illegal for a person to practice medicine before he has, ostensibly, shown his fitness for the work, by passing the examination of the licensing board.
These facts show, in brief, that: (1) The standard of educational equipment of the average physician is so low that those best fitted to judge are far from satisfied with it, and (2) these are anxious to improve the present state of affairs. We must admit, however, that the present
HOLMES LE. HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR LICENSURE—A SUGGESTION IN MEDICAL EDUCATION. JAMA. 1904;XLII(10):645–646. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490550012002e
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