The acceptance of the degree of Doctor of Medicine, granted by the governing authority of a medical school, is one of the most significant events in the professional life of a physician. Intimately entwined in the award of the degree is the implication that the recipient will hereafter be qualified to prepare a manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific periodical such as The Journal of the American Medical Association. This implication is valid and may be documented by a perusal of the records. Although graduation is an event concomitant with commencement, this does not necessarily grant licensure for the commencement of composition. On the other hand, good scientific composition usually is not born on graduation day. This may have had its beginning in precollege years or in a liberal arts discipline. If so, this is commendable.
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