Proposed Changes in the Medical Curriculum
During the discussion of the bill pertaining to the conferring of academic degrees, the Belgian house of representatives adopted a number of changes affecting the medical curriculum. The course in medicine will cover seven years of study. The first three years is preliminary and covers the natural and the medical sciences. The preliminary or premedical course includes the following ten subjects: philosophy (logic, psychology, ethics), experimental physics, elements of zoology (including the main ideas of comparative anatomy), general chemistry, elements of botany, elements of embryology, human anatomy (descriptive and topographic), histology (general and special), experimental physiology (general and special), and physiologic chemistry.The laboratory work in anatomy consists in ordinary and microscopic demonstrations; in histology, in microscopic demonstrations. Examinees may request to be interrogated also on the following subjects: elements of mineralogy, geology and physical geography, and elements of analytic geometry and infinitesimal calculus.