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February 13, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(7):320-321. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440070034005

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Recently some very interesting studies have been made by lawyers, clergymen and physicians, in two of the great metropolitan cities of the country. The object was to ascertain if possible the intellectual status of the different professions, compared with each other. It was assumed that each profession would be found intellectually rising, or perhaps merely holding its own along the levels of general development. Or possibly one profession might be at a lower level of comparative growth or far beyond the others in point of attainment. The data from which such studies could be made must include not only a history of each professional man, but a fair estimate of what he had accomplished in his intellectual life. This was ascertained in the numerous biographies and separate personal studies of professional men. A comparison of these histories would give a general answer to the inquiry. The results so far of

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