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June 17, 1905

Pennsylvania and North Carolina State Board Examinations in 1904.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(24):1944. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500510051017

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Philadelphia, June 6, 1905.

To the Editor:  —The results of the examinations for medical licenses for 1904, as published in The Journal, May 6, have been very interesting to me, and I feel that I must commend you, both for their completeness and for the energy and labor expended in their preparation.There is, however, one point for criticism concerning them, inasmuch as it introduces an element of unfairness in the published reports and records of certain schools. I refer to the fact that in the report for Pennsylvania schools, and perhaps for those of some other states, certain individuals were counted twice in the summations, this being contrary, I believe, to established principles of statistical determination. Thus, for the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia, 78 members of the class of 1904 are reported as being examined, with 13 failures, the latter giving a percentage of 16.7. The fact is, no

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