THE professional course has grown so full in the training of a medical student that it has become increasingly difficult to cover the ground and secure qualification in a reasonable time. Some years ago this fact raised in an acute form the position of the preliminary examinations in the pure sciences. If these examinations were abolished, or placed outside the professional course, obviously a gain in time would result for abler students. The best account of the matter is to be found in the appendix to the fifth report of the Royal Commission on University Education in London—especially under the evidence of Sir H. Morris, Mr. Flexner, and others. The practice in other countries in regard to the preliminary sciences is also clearly described.