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September 6, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(10):521-529. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480360001001

The earliest American medical schools were established in connection with institutions of general learning, as would have been expected from the fact that the physicians who founded them had been educated in Great Britain and France, where the medical colleges were, without exception, departments of universities. Only a few of the American schools, however, were established with such a relation, the larger majority being quite independent of any university or college connection, so that in 1877, twenty-five years ago, less than twenty of the sixty-five medical colleges then in existence were connected in any way with institutions of general learning. Subsequent to that date, however, such schools have become much more numerous, and of the one hundred and fifty-eight medical schools at present existing in America, between sixty and seventy are connected with a university or college.

These facts suggest some interesting queries. Why were not all of our medical

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