THE FRIEND OF HUMANITY—NEW VERSION
1313 with the knowledge of the candidates. No system can be so perfect as to admit of no mistakes, but one which would almost seem to be deliberately devised for making them should be altered. At the University of London the examination in anatomy is much more severe and thorough, but is much fairer to the student. More questions are set, and the vivâ'-voce is not limited. The examiners have before them the marks of each candidate and can give a longer or a shorter time to his vivâ-voce as they
... s vivâ-voce as they may deem necessary. They can thus as readily examine six students in an hour as if they were confined to a ten minutes' time limit for everyone. Professor Fawcett urges an alteration in the examination in elementary anatomy. We agree with him that as now conducted it is useless and proves a hindrance rather than an assistance to the student. The amount of knowledge which is required is insufficient to occupy the student during his first winter session, and in consequence he too frequently wastes much of his time. We should prefer the abolition of this examination to its improvement; but if it be continued it requires much alteration, and on the lines suggested by Professor Fawcett. We understand that this abolition is contemplated by the Royal Colleges, and if this is decided on the subjects of study during the first year will require fnrther alteration.