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May 25, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(21):742-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400980022007

OUR MEDICAL COLLEGES.  (Special Report forThe Journal.)BY WM. G. EGGLESTON, M.A., M.D., OF CHICAGO, ILL,In a learned profession, in which the members must continue to learn more and more to be fit to remain in it, there is no place for an uneducated, badly educated, or miseducated person.In 1880 there were 83,436 physicians, or persons calling themselves physicians, in the United States. Since 1880 there has been an annual increase of more than 5.5 per cent. (not including the increase from foreign increment), while the annual increase of the population is less than 2 per cent. The annual death-rate of physicians is probably a little higher than that of adult males engaged in all other occupations. " It will be within bounds," says Dr. John H. Rauch, "to say that the excess of the percentage of new graduates over the increase of population represents the number of