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April 2, 1904

Hospital Experience Necessary for Licensure.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(14):906-907. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490590040018

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Somers, Mont., March 22, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In the March 19 edition of The Journal, Dr. F. C. Bennett discusses the advisability of a compulsory interneship. He certainly makes some unwarranted statements. He says that none but sons of the wealthy can avail themselves of such a training. From my own personal experience, I know that a poor man can have a hospital training and I know many others beside myself who were poor, yet who spent a year or eighteen months in a hospital. I have practiced for a year in the backwoods of Montana and never yet have I been able to see where my hospital training hindered me. In fact, I have many times been thankful I have had such training. I can not conceive of a case in which a student fresh from college would have the advantage over a hospital-trained man.

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