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September 12, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(11):419-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410890037010

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Have we a "Catholepistemiad " in our midst? A curious bit of the educational history of the territory of Michigan — inclusive of a medical embryo—has been brought to light in Dr. F. W. Blackmar's essay on "State Aid to Higher Education in the United States." Dr. Blackmar is a member of the faculty of the University of Kansas, and his essay is one of the circulars of the Bureau of Education. The following paragraph shows that medicine was one of the projected departments of an institution of learning, based on a broad foundation, as far back as 1817, when the population of the territory did not number over seven thousand souls. The grant of a township of land for a seminary of learning was made by Congress as early as 1804, but the enabling act for the establishment of a university did not pass the territorial legislature until 1817. In

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