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January 27, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(4):240. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460040050008

There is a tendency toward premature specialization in some of the schools of medicine in America, the result of better equipment of laboratories as well as the spirit of investigation that has been breathed into our youth from the universities of Germany. It is, however, a tendency to be modified, and to be criticised.

Investigation and original research is the soul of progress, and every medical school should offer the most ample facilities that its exchequer will permit, to encourage original progressive research work within its walls; but the student who is preparing himself to be a thorough, conscientious practitioner of medicine has all he can do to grasp the principles that form the basis of his studies. President Dwight, of Harvard Medical School, in a discussion of the "Position that Universities Should Take with Reference to Education1," Dec. 25, 1899, says: "We must look to it that the