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April 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(14):861-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480140007001a

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As one of the significant indications of our country's intellectual growth might be cited the very general active interest which is being taken in the advancement of technical and professional education. Although not with equal pace with other branches of learning, great progress has been made likewise in the methods of teaching medicine. Twenty-five years ago the best medical colleges of which we could boast were satisfied to have the student attend but two courses of lectures, each of these less than four months' duration, with none or but very slight provision either for clinical or laboratory studies. The lectures were almost wholly didactic and confined to a few practical branches; the "fundamentals," as they are called, and the allied scientific branches were either neglected or at least but very superficially treated. To-day all first-class medical colleges have a four-year course of study. Each student is obliged to devote a

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