Journal of the American Medical Association
of Harvard Medical School appears in the Popular Science Monthly,1 and is worthy of careful reading by those having to do with medical education. Dr. Lewis names subjects which the student during his pre¬ liminary college course should take up and gives reasons why they are of importance. The subjects recommended are zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, French and German, English literature and drawing. In zoology, the value of the biologic methods, including dissec¬
... ncluding dissec¬ tion and microscopic technic, is emphasized. A table is given based on examinations in anatomy and histology, held by Harvard Medical School for the class which entered in 1907. This table shows that the highest averages were obtained by the students who had previously studied zoology. In botany a study of the morphology of plants with special reference to the fungi is recommended because of the aid it gives in the study of bacteria. The study of flowering plants, however, is not recommended. The value of the study of chemistry, general and organic, is emphasized because of the aid in the future study of physiol¬ ogy and physiologic chemistry. A college course in physics "with laboratory work consisting of accurate measurements" is recommended as a valuable preparation for the study of physiology and its bearing on numerous problems of medicine. In mathematics, Dr. Lewis shows that plane geometry and plane trigonometry are essential to the securing of the de¬ sired preliminary course in physics and that for advanced physics, solid geometry and higher mathematics are needed. A knowledge of psychology is important, particularly in the study of nervous diseases and psychiatry. A half course in psychology, therefore, is recommended. The reading knowledge of French and German is impor¬ tant in order that the student may benefit from the large number of medical books and periodicals published in those languages and which are invaluable to the student, the prac¬ titioner and the investigator. The study of English literature is recommended, not only because of its utilitarian value, but also as a source of recreation and diversion from specialized scientific studies. Drawing is valuable in developing accuracy of observation, since the very act of drawing or modeling an object calls attention to many details otherwise overlooked. While all this may be secured in two years of collegiate work, it is recommended that students who can possibly do so should take the complete college course before beginning Hie study of medicine.