The British Medical Journal

1885 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 1;886X. Ideparturs of reform for wkich the present really critical juncture SIBSCLIPTIONS to the Association for 1885 became due on J'anuary |urgently calls& The occasion is not one for small peddling improve-h6t.,.I, l'elessi to suppstlath 6ulavswi's' 1st. Members of Branches are reque*4 to pay the same to their mqnts. It. i pose that the actual canvas will suffice respective Secretaries. Members of the .hMociation not belonging for o much larger picture, on which alone the
more » ... n which alone the linea for the Univer. to Branches, are requested to forward' their remittances to the sitofLondon 6ftheftturecanbe drawn. It will e necessary to Gleneral Secretary, 161A, Stknnd, ELohon. Post-Office Orders. discard one, atleast those exclusive notions of highly privileged should be made payable at the WesjOe'trslDistrict Office,High univ.rqity of elite, to which those wrho are attached to the flolborn. | stereotypd tradiions of Burlington IHouse are s upposed-perhaps very wrongly, spposd-fndly to cling. We credit the Senate of t1"e Or3tttISi) etizLcb~aI Z. |the University of Lond4tn with the possession of sufficiejit breadth, originality, and intellectut vigpur, to believe that -they are really capable of considering whit has become a great question from a large SATUiJRDAY, MAY 2nd, 1886. point of view. In this lies-our hope that the reTpresentations of this deputation, which undoubtedly express, in the main, the aspirations and desires of the general body of the profession, will be received MEDICAL DEGREES FOR LONDON STTUD1 NTS. without prjudice, discussed without preconceiveA objection, and THE deputation of the Metropolitan Counties Branch, which, on treated with frehness of' tiew, arA9 as from 'anenlarged horizon. Wednesday, had an interview with the Senate of the University of The deputation was happy in finding the Senate of the University London, may probably have laid the basis for a new departure in the of London presidd iover by irJ'atnes Paget, the tVce-Chanb;ellor. His history of that University, which will be alike of value to the Unipresence in th6 chair, evbn withbut the' distiect' and emphatic stateversity itself and to the medical profession, not only in London, but ment which he subsequently slade, was i kiarantee that the facts and throughout the country. It would be telling a more than thrice-told arguments which t4e depu1a,4ohal to pt.,forwaF would le seiously taleto repeat at length the succsssi4topropositionsof the argument which wied and disoues4-hy ths enate., That there are, as Sir Jarmes Pagetl have, we may fairly say, conviWced mt reasonable persons, 4f not urged, grave difficnlties,ibinly to be appreiated fully by thlose called all, that it s at once important and stt theo Intrets of teing upon to tdniiister tihUniversity, there ,n be ro no doubt; buttbM in the metropolis, and to the interests of the medical profession at the diffi ulties in the -wayof popularising the degrees of the Unilarge, that greater facilities for acquiring the status8 of, doctorshall be versity of tendon 're greater than the advantages which )vould afforded to the medical students in the metropolitan; schoole, and to | accrue frQm the adoption of such a policy, is what we may take leave the great body of English practitioners who present themselves for. to, doubt. licence and examination in the metropolis. London is -not only the It is hardly sufficient for the Senate of the University to be open to greatest centre of activity in medical teaching in this eiauntry, as is convlction. It lisa -accomplished a great' work in the past the essettial appanage of Its vast population, of its central position, by contributing largely to raise the standard of medical education; and of its metropolitan dharacter, but in London. are situated the and it is now its duty to resume its positiQn in thIe van, and still chief graduating centres of England; snd whatever occurs to advance further r4ise the general standard by extending its influence, and or to deteriorate the .efficiency, the influence, and the properity of 'ssiy9prting the efforts of the metropolitan medical schools to provide medical teaching and graduating bodies in the metropolis, must affect a thoroug practical education in medical subjects. directly and inirectly the whole profession throughout the couthtry Mr. Macnamara, Dr. Bristowe, and Sir William Mac Cormat, all It is a sufficiently palpable anomaly, and one which obviously affects -endorsed the opinion frequeitly ventilated i4 these columns, that the equally-the dignity and the usefulness of the Univeri4ty'of London it' minimum requirements in the..purely medical subjects are not excessolf on the one hand, and the fair claims and rightul position of the sive, and that the real difficulty lies i Abthe two earlier examinations. candidates for graduation from metropolitan schools on th* ethe&, that As we were able to aunounce last week, the Senate has a]ready yielded the only graduatilg body in tLndon which has tho power, at jpresent something with regard to the pl:liminary scientific examination; to gant the title of M.1D., is, from' whatever cause, at 'present candidates may now pass that ex tningtion in two parts, but the debarred from bringing within its influence, and coiferrirpg it9'pri*ipeculiarly stringent and vexatous eulations with regard to biology leges on, 93 per cent. of the students of the on,dqn scehool.I his' remain, and must continue -to deter largenumbers of students from authorities of the University itself must be perfectly conscious of' the: attempting to pass the exnmlin?stln.-"t1h-resent regulations were essential weaktness of such a position ; and this cettfal fact is ote drawn up, doubtless, with the; exAient object of discouraging cramwhich cannot, we hope, fail to govern their deliberations pos the, ming, and -compel-linga obte studt: of -biology; they have representation made to them by the deputation of this week, and 'been carried too far, however, and the wisest course would be to will, it may be hoped, have sufficient weigiI i idEce them to changa reconsider them altogetUsr. This brings us at once to the suggestion essentially the point of view from which they have hitherto-regarded' that the Senate should have the advice of boards of studies, upon this question. Able and distinguished as .are the! hiembeis of thj mwhkhmen atuilin sit. It is dif't to Senate of the University of London, it will not be .paying [themi an, s*elww,wthe, $ente cs eject. so reasonable,a proposition, and one unjust compliment, nor is it intended to disguise any sentiment of which h's wt*ed well le*hee, without iincirin the charge-of unexpressed satire if we say that th very age, dignity d ig t, n v et-;ejxpoxi uf i.the moetrpolitan ran experience of some of its most ancient and respected members medical schoools If boards of studieshad ' disted when the present ftAA ovv, gfty f2v"Asw
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