An interesting and important decree has recently been promulgated by the Minister of Public Instruction of France, which appears in the Semaine Médicale, August 1, under the heading, "Décret instituant un certificat d'études médicales supérieures," and which is commented on at some length in the same issue by Prof. Ch. Bouchard.
The decree outlines in detail a new plan of examination for those who desire to secure a certificate of superior attainment which will make them eligible to positions in any of the medical faculties of France, or which may serve as evidence of especial qualifications wherever they may wish to pursue research or engage in teaching. The statute of 1874 required that a candidate for a teaching position must hold himself in readiness to pass an examination at any time in any or all of the branches of medicine. The obligation thus imposed on the young physician to keep