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June 4, 1892

PREPARATION FOR THE STUDY OF MEDICINE.Portion of a Doctorate Address of President

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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(23):715-717. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411270023001g

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Incomplete is a discussion on this subject that does not include a consideration of the great value of an elementary knowledge of Latin and Greek.

I here most seriously disclaim any attempt to prove that devotion to Latin and Greek for the purpose of reading the literature of these languages is either requisite or even desirable as a preparation for the study of medicine. The field of modern literature and of modern science has become so vast and important that the average student will find neither time nor relative profit in the attempt to master the ancient classics.

I do, however, earnestly advocate the rudiments—I mean simply the rudiments—of Latin and Greek, as most valuable labor-saving instruments in acquiring an English, a scientific and a medical education.

I ask indulgence if I dwell somewhat at length on this portion of my subject, for I think we are in danger of

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