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Apprentice year 1863

Ann Scott, Mervyn Eadie and Andrew Lees

in William Richard Gowers 1845-1915

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199692316
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199692316.003.0003
Apprentice year 1863

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The enactment of the Medical Act 1858 was followed by a new curriculum for medical students. This revived general science, ‘inspired by the belief that the dramatic results of science could be applied to medicine, and that doctors ought to be taught to that end’. The apprenticeship system was phased out, but Gowers never regretted having served with Dr Simpson. Nonetheless, the medical examinations he was to sit were part of the new regime, announced in 1862.

In 1860, the University of London had introduced the Preliminary Scientific Examination as an additional stage between matriculation and the First Bachelor of Medicine examination. In 1863 a major change was made when the Master of Surgery was created and the practical examination in surgery was transferred to it from the Second MB. At the same time surgery was omitted from the MD examination.

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Subjects: Neurology ; History of Medicine

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