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October 22, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):504-505. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170028004

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There is a sentiment among many physicians that a thorough preliminary education, equal to the bachelors' degree in science or arts, is unnecessary and even undesirable for the young medical student. Students are frequently advised by their preceptors to discontinue their literary and scientific education to begin the study of medicine in the office of the doctor. To such advice medical educators sometimes add the weight of their too eager opinion. But the unbiased and thoughtful educator will always encourage thorough literary training. The country is so much more prosperous that the number of college graduates has increased two hundred per cent. or more since the war, and there is reason to believe that our medical school can soon have a class, the majority of whose members have received liberal educations. Let no preceptor advise the young aspirant for a medical career to discontinue his college course short of its

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