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MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES: THE NEED OF A UNIFORM STANDARD.

JAMA. 2008;300(10):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.300.10.1244.
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Arthur Dean Bevan, M.D., CHICAGO.

The methods of medical education in this country have been largely drawn from those of Great Britain and Germany. Our first medical schools, those of Pennsylvania, Columbia and Harvard, were modeled largely after those of Edinburgh and London. For a short period about 1850 the influence of the great French medical teachers was felt, but later, especially since 1870, German influence has predominated. I do not mean that in medicine America has merely adopted and imitated English and German methods; for as we all know the men who took an active part in the creation of our republic were noted as fertile in invention in all fields of thought and action and especially so in medicine, as shown by such American discoveries as ovariotomy and anesthesia. Naturally, however, in the establishment of the first medical schools in our new country the best existing types in the countries from which our people came, i. e., Great Britain and Germany, were adopted as models.

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