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May 19, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(20):1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460200054012

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A distinguished New York physician and medical educator is quoted as saying: "I hold that the state ought to furnish sufficient funds for the adequate and thorough instruction of all the pupils in every medical institution already legally organized, and for such others as the increase of population may cause to be established under the regulation of the state." It would be injustice to the gentleman to assume that this was other than an undeliberated utterance, since he and every one else in the profession must realize that it would be a very extensive contract for the already burdened public to assume the support of the numerous medical colleges of the country. If there is one thing in which American medical education leads the world, it is in its quantity, but we do not congratulate ourselves on this fact. What we need is improvement in quality, and it would be

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