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get a supply of anatomical material, if need be from the populous
cities of the North. The writer closes with these words: "I hope this
subject will receive from the Board of Trustees and the citizens of the
State generally that consideration which a due sense of State pride as
well as its importance demands. Let us in all things, as far as we can,
set up for ourselves; then we shall be as independent as we are
This communication was answered two weeks later in the same
paper by a writer from Wake Forest using the signature, "0,"
doubtless Professor W. H. Owen of the College, who spoke of how
favorably he had regarded the suggestion at first; but he had come to
see objections. First, he doubted whether, since Wake Forest was only
a college, the charter conveyed the right to establish a professional
school, while the institution at Chapel Hill, being a university, could
do so without having "to splice its wings"; second, it was no time to
divert attention from the struggle to pay the college debt and provide
endowment; third, the medical colleges in Virginia were yet in the
experimental stage, and some of the friends of one of them were
expressing regret that the enterprise was started; fourth, to equip a
medical school, in any adequate way, would require more money than
could be obtained in any other way than by Legislative aid.
With this the matter was dropped for a third of a century.
In the first catalogue issued after the coming of Dr. J. R. Duggan to
the College as Professor of Chemistry there appears a statement,
prepared by a committee of which he was
suggesting a
course of study "Preliminary to the Study of Medicine." The courses
of study are practically the same as those now required as preliminary
for admission to medical colleges.2
Minutes of Faculty, February 18, 1887.
2 From the catalogue of 1886-87: "The studies included in the full course will be
Physics, Chemistry, Physiology, Botany, Mathematics, and Latin. Students who
have already a sufficient knowledge of Mathematics and Latin will be advised to
take instead English, German, or Mineralogy and Geology. Laboratory work in
Chemistry, Physiology and Botany will be required. With
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