340 History of Wake Forest College
seems that students may still be admitted on this minimum re-
quirement to the Wake Forest College School of Medicine. A much
more extended preparation is, somewhat vaguely, advised in the
following statement which appeared in all the catalogues beginning
with that of 1937-38:
Students preparing themselves to enter the medical profession are urged not to
take up the study of medicine with the completion of only those subjects which will
barely satisfy the minimal requirements. A broad cultural and scientific training will
prove to be of inestimable value to one while in medical school, and later when in
practice. A four-year college course is recommended, which includes thorough
training in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, sociology,
psychology, Latin, and a reading knowledge of French or German, or both. Several
leading medical schools require the baccalaureate degree for admission, and many
others strongly recommend it.
In the catalogue of the same year, 1937-38, aptitude tests for
prospective students of medicine are first mentioned.
For the greater number of students the period of preparation in
academic studies in college was extended to three years by the
requirement of the catalogue of 1923-24 of three years of academic
work for the Bachelor's degree in Medicine. Until the catalogue of
1934-35, the requirement for this degree was three years in the
college of arts and sciences and two years in Medicine, but with that
year provision was made for the students taking the degree on the
completion of the academic work and one year of Medicine. Provision
has also been made for giving certificates to those who have met the
admission requirements but are not candidates for a Bachelor's
degree, upon the completion of the two years of medical studies. The
conferring of such certificates was first done publicly at the
commencement of 1927, and has continued since that time.
In considering the expenses of the Medical Department, I desire to call to your
attention the one basic principle upon which the department must stand, if it is to
stand for the good of humanity. The fact is that the supply of both medical schools
and doctors is in excess of the demand; therefore, we do wrong to increase the
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