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July 12, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(2):84-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480280026008

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The imperfections of the candidates for medical honors are not confined to this country, though we have reason enough to appreciate their existence. Other people, too. have troubles of their own, as witness certain editorials in our British contemporaries. The British Medical Journal of June 7 devotes its leader to the "Defective Standard of Preliminary General Education in the British Isles," showing that, in some parts at least, the required educational standard of the medical profession is likely to fall below that reached by the tradesman class, and that a medical man in Wales may soon "be demonstrably worse educated than his grocer." There does not necessarily appear to us so great an impropriety in this; there is no reason why, in this country, a grocer can not be a well-educated man—we have all seen many such—but these things evidently have a different significance over there. Putting it in a

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