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January 19, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(3):188. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470030044007

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It appears from an editorial note in the Medical Press and Circular that it is possible to be too well fitted for a medical position in Great Britain. In a recent competition for the position of resident house physician at Cardiff, Wales, the rejected candidate showed higher qualifications than his successful rival. When the selection was challenged it was argued on the part of the medical board who made the choice, "that when a man who was head and shoulders above his commanding officer was appointed to a subordinate post there could be no discipline." In other words, the lack of medical qualification of the superior officer should deprive the institution of the services of any better-qualified employees, the better qualified the worse fitted for the place. The plea that discipline would suffer under such conditions is an admission of executive incompetency or a slur on the loyalty and good

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