Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1897.
To the Editor:
—Dr. Blech's answer to the inquiry as to the admission to the practice of medicine in Germany is not quite correct.To be matriculated as a student of medicine, one must be a graduate from a gymnasium covering a classical course of nine years. These graduates are 20 years old on the average. After four semesters, usually during the fifth, the medical student passes the tentamen physicum, an examination in physiology, anatomy, physics, chemistry, physiologic chemistry, botany, mineralogy. Before passing the tentamen physicum the student is not admitted to the clinics. The candidate for State examination must have studied medicine and the allied branches for at least eight semesters, of which not more than three are allowed to be passed at a recognized foreign university. While eight semesters are the required time, it is by no means the average, which may be