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April 9, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(15):816-817. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440670004001a

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Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Faculty:

My interest in this matter is not greater than my marvel at the enormous advance which has occurred within the short space of years, since 1880, when my medical college experience commenced. And yet in drawing the comparison, which so forcibly presents itself, I must declare that it is not to the discredit of the early day, any more than that day was a rebuke to its predecessor. I believe that you will agree with me, that medical education offered to students at that day was as nearly abreast of the education possible for them, as is our present exhibition an approach to the present possibility. The great difference in spirit which strikes me as occurring in respect to medical education in general, lies in the attitude of the public toward the profession or more exactly of the State toward the medical school.

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