Hints on Medical Studies


    FEW of those who to-day commence their medical education will be able fully to realise what would have been their position if they had done the same some fifty years or more ago, instead of now. After an apprenticeship of from three to five years to a country practitioner, during which time, at the expense of their general education, they would have been employed in dispensing medicines, and other less honourable duties, they would have entered on their medical studies, properly so called, possessing a certain empirical acquaintance with a few of the details of professional life, which might however, have been obtained in an infinitely shorter time after the principles of the subject had been mastered.

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    Hints on Medical Studies . Nature 10, 435–436 (1874) doi:10.1038/010435a0

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