Dr. Crawford and Competitive Army Medical Examination

W. O. Markham
1879 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
SIR,-I read the letter of " Quoits" upon the " Victoria University" with very great regret. I was one of the first to sign the protest against the establishment of another licensing body. It was against the addition of a twentieth licensing power, and not against the Manchester school, that the protest was directed. I object to the terms in which the writer has thought proper to stigmatise the distinguished men who signed the protest, and which protest was signed by a large portion of the
more » ... s of the profession all over the kingdom. The Liverpool men can afford to ignore the attack thus made upon them ; but I feel that it is unjust, and ought not to have been made anonymously. I ask, therefore, for the insertion of this reply. Allow me one word regarding the University of London. It used to be considered the Medical University. I am sorry to find that, to some extent, it is abdicating its functions ; and, by striving to be beyond the reach of the many, is driving Englishmen across the borders and over the Irish seas for a degree. I would not have it supposed that I wish to lessen the prestige of my own University ; but I feel that it is not the liberal University that it ought to be; and that, by making the examination for a degree in medicine unattainable except by the few, the Senate are falling into a serious mistake. The degree in medicine of the University of London ought to be sought for by the majority of English medical students. There is something wrong in this which requires consideration and amendment. It cannot be a fair reason why a new University should be required for the purpose of granting degrees in medicine, when the University of London exists, which can grant degrees to men who are educated in Manchester or elsewhere. Perhaps some of our associates will ventilate this question, and inform us why men go to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dublin, and other Universities out of the kingdom, instead of taking the London degree.-I am, sir, your obedient servant, ALFRED CARPENTER, M.D.Lond. Croydon, September 22nd, I 879. SIR,-It is much to be regretted that your correspondent " Quoits" does not divulge his name, and-what is all-important in a controversy like the present-the place from whence he writes. If he, as he implies,
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