loss of

make themselves the'

subjects of what is proclaimexperiment?what may not lead to any thing, and will inevitably, if the further measures contemplated are not thought advisable, result in an utter loss of one of the best years of life. We have no practical acquaintance with the Burmese character, but, presuming that they share the sentiments and instincts of humanity generally, and oriental humanity particularly, we very gravely doubt whether they will enter on a road that seems to lead nowhere, and expend life, labor and money on what, as at present arranged, gives no definite promise of a time,

ed to be

a

livelihood.

prominent element of weakplace, the absence of an entrance test is a grave error even in an experimental and provisional enterprise. The study of medicine find the medical sciences necessarily presupposes a very considerable degree of general education. Without such, education in medicine ness

MEDICAL EDUCATION IN BURMAH. In our issue for October in

1873,

we

noted the circumstance

that,

scheme of education which had been considered and sanc-

a

tioned

by

the Chief Commissioner

formation of

medical school

a

was

for British Burmah,

included.

the

The intention was to

High School, Rangoon. More recently Junior Civil Surgeon for Rangoon was the of the conditions of this appointment was, and one sanctioned, we understand, that its holder should organise the proposed medical school. A very good selection was made, on the recommendation of the Surgeon-General, in Surgeon A. Crombie, M.D., an officer who, from the high position which he took in the competitive examination, and the experience he had acquired while officiating as a Professor in the Calcutta Medical College, was considered eminently fitted for the important duty involved in the appointment. "We gather, from a recent number of the British Burmah Gazette (August 21st, 1875), that the question of organising the medical school at Rangoon is to be held in abeyance for some time, and that an experiorganise

this medical school in connection with the

?which it

was

proposed appointment of a

to

establish in

mental or tentative effort of another kind is meantime to be This consists in

made.

province, "elementary

establishing

medical

in

six districts of the

classes."

The Civil

of these districts are to be .

are

to deliver three

allowance of Rs. 50 are

placed in charge lectures a week, and

a

Surgeons classes,

of these to

month for their trouble.

to be limited to the number of ten students ;

receive

an

The classes no

test

of

preliminary education is to be exacted; no fee required and no board, lodging or stipend given ; the subjects on which instruction is to be given are not specified, nor are any particulars laid down as to the manner, means or extent of teaching, and no

definite prospects

and money

which

further than

are

held out to the students that the time

they are perhaps a

thus to

thing Instruction, and a resolution by

the

not

yet

time lins

forth that the

expend will lead to any by the Director of Public Chief Commissioner, setting

minute

come

to establish

a

school

for medical education in Burmah. This

scheme

studies, and

to

is

intended

ascertain

to "create

practically

a

taste for medical

how fur the natives of the

disposed to take up the study of medicine." The undoubtedly a novel one, but we are disposed to question very seriously its soundness, practicability and adaptation to the end in view. In the first place, it presumes that country

aro

scheme is

the natives of Burmah

different from the natives of every other part of British India, or, for that matter, from any other race or

out fee

aro

people on the face of the earth ; that they will, withor reward, and with positive expense to themselves and

pure

This then is

in the scheme.

a

most

In the next

simply unintelligible. To expect a lot of uneducated to appreciate and learn what to them will be a perfect jarson, conveyed too in English (of which they need not, it appears, know anything.) is to expect an impossibility ; and to attempt such a thing is simply wittingly to conrt absolute failure. The idea of thus "creating a ta

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