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H. F. Biggar, 1841 - Medicine
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Page 12 - ... sometimes intermitting pulse, occasional vomiting, a pale contracted countenance, a sense of coldness ; but the tongue is seldom furred, nor are the vital or natural functions much disordered.
Page 31 - But to account for the humiliating result of the examination on the present and on the former occasions, we have only to look to the system of education which now obtains in the country. The facilities of acquiring medical knowledge, or rather of becoming professional men, are so great, that many persons are seduced into an attempt to become physicians, without the basis of an education. There are others again, who having received a good primary education, and also passed through a regular classical...
Page 41 - Professors, such students shall be judged fit to undergo a public examination without attending any more courses in the Medical School. " 3. It is further required that each student previous to the Bachelor's Degree, shall have served a sufficient apprenticeship to some reputable Practitioner in Physic, and be able to make it appear that he has a general knowledge in Pharmacy.
Page 39 - A candidate for graduation must be of good moral character, and be possessed of sufficient preliminary education, have attained the age of twenty-one years, have applied himself to the study of medicine for three years, attended two courses of medical lectures, and have been during that time, the private pupil for two years, of a respectable practitioner of medicine.
Page 31 - ... candidates for admission into the army, however, the result of the examination was very different. Of the thirty-six who were invited to appear before the board, twelve declined the examination, (two, after having reported to the board,) two were excluded on account of their age, and twenty-two were examined; and of these last, five only were found to possess all the qualifications essential to an appointment. It may be that we have ere.cted too high a standard of merit — that too much is exacted...
Page 39 - Medical students who have attended one complete course in a respectable medical school, where the attendance on two complete courses is necessary to a degree, where the same branches are taught as in this, and which is placed upon the ad...
Page 39 - The candidate must also have attended two complete courses of the following lectures in this institution : Theory and practice of medicine ; anatomy ; materia medica and pharmacy ; chemistry ; surgery ; obstetrics and diseases of women and children ; institutes of medicine.
Page 31 - ... with the knowledge acquired from books. The great multiplication of medical schools in every section of the country, together with the proverbial facilities of becoming licensed practitioners, has so lowered the standard of professional excellence, and so manifestly degraded the medical character of the United States, that the present system will be, it is to be hoped, by a more enlightened public opinion ere long put down. The...
Page 6 - Government shall have heen organized. Third, That the said Commissioners be authorized to invite the seceding States to meet in Convention, at such time and place as may be agreed upon, for the purpose of forming and putting in motion such Provisional Government, and so that the said Provisional Government shall be organized and go into effect at the earliest period previous to the 4th day of March, 1861, and that the same Convention of the seceding States shall proceed...
Page 31 - The interest of the country is so much divided by these various institutions, and the patronage to each is consequently so small, that many of our ablest medical men will not accept places in them ; were it practicable, however, for the professors to obtain adequate compensation for their services, it would be impossible to find professional men enough of talents and attainments to occupy the several chairs in the innumerable medical schools in every town, village, and cross-road place, throughout...

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