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October 18, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(16):989. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480420041004

If anyone could have foreseen thirty years ago the advances that have been made in medical education in this country the present condition would probably have been considered something very near perfection. At present, however, the defects are still prominent, and how they are to be remedied is one of the leading questions of the day. One evil certainly has not decreased: the multiplication of medical colleges beyond the actual needs with the very thinly disguised chief object of advertisement of their faculties; this has probably just about reached its culmination—it would be hard to say how very many more could well be endorsed. We may look, however, for at least a check in their multiplication if the states' present tendency to more rigid regulations for preliminary requirements continues, and some signs of the times are especially favorable as regards this point. The pressing question of the day is, what