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September 17, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(12):818. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500120054013

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Among the general criticisms on medical education in this country, one of the chief is that based on lack of preliminary educational acquirements. This has been the subject of many rather severe comments, both in the medical and secular press, as well as in the reports of the state examining boards like that of Pennsylvania. One of the more notable defects of candidates is that of the inability to spell properly, and this is apt to be taken by some as an index of general illiteracy. Nothing appears worse than bad spelling, and yet it seems to be a fact that deficiencies in orthography are more common at the present time, in spite of all the advances that have been made in educational standards, than they were a generation or so back. There must be some defect in modern school methods, and the conviction that this is so appears to

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