Not long ago a man training for the medical profession merely served as an apprentice to a practitioner. Still later a course of lectures was required, and somewhat later two and even three courses were demanded. Only within the past thirty-five years or more have medical schools required three years and later four years of study from a man desiring to practice medicine.
From apprenticeship under a family physician, it was only a step to practice in the hospitals, and though hospitals have been established institutions for centuries, their desirability as places for study have been properly recognized only during the past thirty-five or fifty years. At present, there are clinical clerk services in hospitals, and most states require hospital training for men desiring to practice within their boundaries.
During the last decade of the last century, institutions first demanded higher preliminary training of medical students; as a result of
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