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April 5, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(14):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480140025007

We are apt to congratulate ourselves on the advantages afforded by medical progress, the facilities of study and investigation and the generally better standpoint of the physician of to-day over the one of the past. This is only one point of view; there is another that is by no means so pleasant a one to take of conditions as they exist. The doctor of to-day seeking fields of practice, after a much greater outlay of time and money than his predecessor of even a few years back, finds himself confronted with conditions that are yearly becoming harder in an overcrowded profession and a gradually ever-narrowing field of work. His diploma is no longer a valid credential; it may admit him to an examination provided it meets the requirements, but in only a limited and evernarrowing section of our country is it alone sufficient as was formerly the case.