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February 10, 1900

Medical Education.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(6):379. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460060063019

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Chicago, Jan. 29, 1900.

To the Editor:  —The very comprehensive and elegant editorial on "Medical Education," in The Journal of January 27, must commend itself, on the whole, to every teacher of medicine. It is a startling, if not disgraceful, fact that we have, during the past twenty years, seen the army of specialists grow, while the regular practicing physician has sunk into corresponding insignificance or obscurity. It is now the ambition of far too many medical students to become specialists in one department or another, where they can practice medicine "handsome and out of the wet."From the standpoint of the schoolmaster, however, there are a few assumptions in the editorial which might lead to erroneous conclusions. In the first place it is a mistake to assume that any American medical school proposes, or ever proposed, to put the student of medicine to the serious work of original medical

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