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Harvard Used To Graduate Illiterate Doctors?

The title is mostly true! Back in the day, there were no national or even state-wide requirements for what a doctor had to know. So many were barely literate, learning their profession like apprentices more than students. When, in the 1870s, the new Harvard president wanted to have written exams before MDs were given their degrees, the faculty at Harvard protested!

Professor of Surgery Henry Bigelow, the most powerful faculty member, protested to the Harvard Board of Overseers, “[Eliot] actually proposes to have written examinations for the degree of doctor of medicine. I had to tell him that he knew nothing about the quality of the Harvard medical students. More than half of them can barely write. Of course they can’t pass written examinations… No medical school has thought it proper to risk large existing classes and large receipts by introducing more rigorous standards.”

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30 vintage photographs capture scenes of high school typing…

30 vintage photographs capture scenes of high school typing classes from between the 1950s and 1970s.

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Boys Beware: An anti-homosexuality propaganda film from the…

Boys Beware: An anti-homosexuality propaganda film from the 1960s.

30 fascinating vintage photographs of girls home economics…

30 fascinating vintage photographs of girls home economics classes from between the 1920s and 1950s

If you have an apple and I have an apple and w…

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, each of us will have two ideas.

A Classroom In The Sand

Students following a lesson written in the Sahara sand. Taken in Tunisia, this appeared in the National Geographic in 1914.