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Dividing The Medical Department

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The Detroit papers are uow engaged iu a movement looking toward the disintegratlon of the medical department Of the Uuiversity. They wish to see the clinical part of the study of medicine pursued in Detroit. The whole Bchetne is a sellish one for Detroit. It is not plauned for the good of the University, but for the good of that fledgIng medical college located at Detroit and run as a private institution with a small mimber of studeuts. The state at large lias no interest in tuis college. Detroit however has and Detroit also wants the studeuts who are atteuding the University medical departmeut to live in Detroit. Detroit proposes a unión of the medical department with the Detroit college. But it proposes that mstead of the University swailowiug the Detroit college, that small institutiou shall absorb the medical department. Put in these terms the absurdity of the matter is evident. But the argument used by the Detroit papérs cloak the real design of the scheme for the absorption of a public iustitution by a private college so that the private college may be sustained by the state, under arguments which are false because base.1 upon false assumption of fact. The whole argument for the removal of the cliuical department to Detroit is based upon the assertion that there is want of proper elinical material in this city. That assertion is talse. There is an abundance of such material obtaiuable. Many are turned avvay from the hospitals for want of accommodations. If the hospitals are not large ínough. it is muchcheaper for the state :o enlarge them, than to malntaln a Detroit corps of physieians on the salared list. Cases are brou?ht here frotn ill over the state. The nuinber furnished by this immediate vicinity forni only a small part of the whole. Whenever there has been a lack of material in any particular braneh of disease, it has arisen largely trom want of proper care and accommodation and sometimes it is charged. wlth what truth we know not, to the efforts of the Detroit part of the faculty to secure the cases for that city. The Free Press concedes that a uaem ber of the faculty iu charge of eliuical cases should reside where his woik is Henee Drs. Maclean and Lyster should eitlier remove here or resign their positions. The statement that Rood talent canuot be secured here is the sheeres uonsense. The mere fact that one or two Detroit doctors, vvlu want posi. tions in the faculty, refuse to come here on the assumption that they will get the positions anyway proves nothing at all. Doctors just as eminent in their profession and wlth more of a national reputation are wiLling to accept the professorshius and remove here. It is about time that the Detroit physieians uuderstood that the regents of the University are abjf to üud men of 3ome ability outside of Detroit. These statements may be a little tart but there is no valid reason for dividing the University. If in union there is strength, let there be no disuniting of the medical departmeut.


Ann Arbor Argus
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