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September 19, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(12):454-455. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410900030006

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We note in the Jour. Am. Med. Association, and in several other medical publications, an article with the above caption, in which it is stated that one S. E. L. Smith, who was arraigned in Birmingham, England, for assuming the title of " M. D., Indianapolis." Smith produced in court a document which gave him the said title. It was said the document cost Smith thirty dollars. We have looked over the list of graduates of the two regular colleges of this city, and are prepared to say that neither of those institutions granted the degree. There are two irregular colleges here, and for them we are not prepared to speak; but the regular schools require four years' study and attendance on three courses of lectures of six months each, with preliminary education in the common school branches. The examinations are rigid, and money cannot purchase favors of these institutions.—Indiana

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