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June 5, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(23):1085-1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440230037005

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A strong impression exists among many persons that medical teaching and education today is most faulty and imperfect; also that the great universities of this country and Europe have reached a degree of perfection that would make them models for all educators.

Many persons are convinced that only a classic training in the university colleges can properly fit a man for the study of medicine. Now we are told by the deans of some of these colleges, that their system of training is very imperfect and crude in its methods; also that they are anxiously looking around for improvements and trying to break away from the prestige and old-time forms of teaching.

There is something very refreshing in this awakening of educators in the higher centers of learning. The dogmatic egotism which has centered around some of the great universities of this country is lifting and we begin to realize

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