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November 12, 1904

A PRELIMINARY FIFTH YEAR IN THE MEDICAL CURRICULUM.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(20):1471-1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500200041003

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Abstract

In another column, Dr. John Rogers, the secretary of the Cornell University Medical School, suggests a plan for securing a better preparation of students for the practice of medicine, which is worthy of consideration. From the statement that there is necessity of providing more time for both pupil and teacher—of demanding a better preparation for medical work— there can be no dissent.

With the conditions existing in medicine at the present time, it is reasonable and necessary to demand a longer period of preparation than is afforded by an ordinary high-school course, plus four years in the medical college. Medicine has made more progress in the direction of scientific exactitude in the last quarter of a century than in all its previous history, and needs for its intelligent study and comprehension a broader and more thorough training in the principal facts and methods of the fundamental sciences than is afforded

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