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When Dr. Abt finished his premedical work at Johns Hopkins University, he appealed to Professor Welch for advice as to the best medical school to go to. The Johns Hopkins Medical School was not started until five years later. Dr. Welch assured him that no medical school of that day was "too good" and added: "It won't make any difference where you go. Everything depends on you." That he spoke wisely then, as always, is demonstrated in this little book.
As compared with modern standards of medical education, the medical schools of that day were "none too good." Most of them still had only an ungraded course of two terms of six months each, but the old Chicago Medical College, a department of Northwestern University, offered a graded course of three terms of nine months each, the first medical school to do so in this country, and it was in
Baby Doctor.. Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(4):293–294. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020100065026