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ber of young persons of the State of New York (not exceeding ten at one time), of good scholarship and moral character, who are in indigent circumstances, the evidence of qualification being certified by the Judge of the county in which the applicant resides.
Notwithstanding this general act, the Legislature has granted charters to medical colleges by special acts, down to the present time.
In two or three instances, medical colleges have assumed corporate powers under the general act for the formation of Benevolent, Charitable, Scientific and Missionary Societies; but the highest judicial authorities of the State have recently declared that medical colleges do not come within the provisions of that act.
The Revised Statutes provide that the degree of Doctor of Medicine conferred by a College,' shall not be a license to practice phy. sic or surgery, and that no College shall have, or institute, a medical faculty to teach the science of medicine, in any other place than where the charter locates the college."
1 Presumed to mean Colleges other than those expressly devoted to medical instruction.
? Revised Statutes, 1st ed, ii, p. 455, S 21.
GENERAL STATISTICS OF COLLEGES. In early years, the condition of colleges received a very considerable share of attention from the Regents, and throughout the whole century, their returns have formed a very large part of the annual reports. It is, however, found impossible to present a continuous series of facts statistically arranged, as well on account of the diversity of manner in which the returns have been arranged in each year, as from the changes that have been made from time to time in the institutions, rendering comparison between different periods quite beyond the reach of any form of tabulation.
It is our purpose to give a concise account of each of these institutions separately, but before doing this we will present a statement of the conditions as they were reported at ten decennial intervals, mentioning the Colleges that reported in these years, and, so far as may be, a comparison and summary of the facts returned with reference to them.
1793. Columbia.- In a flonrishing condition, and number of students very respectable.
1803. Columbia.- Efforts being made to complete a building begun some years ago. Aid recommended. Medical school on a respectable footing. Some aid should be granted.
Union.— Promises fair. Its funds increasing, but not enough to pay expenses.
1813. Columbia, Union, Hamilton.— Reports show an increasing degree of prosperity in each, and great benefits conferred. They are recommended to the unremitted support of the government. Hamilton is yet in its infancy, but the Regents expect that it will grow with a rapidity equal to that of the district for whose accommodation it has been principally erected.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District.(Fairfield.) New, and Regents not sufficiently informed of its progress.
College of Physicions and Surgeons in the city of New York. – The Medical School in Columbia College had been recently united with it, and the talents of the two faculties were united in giving instruction.
1823. Columbia.- Students, 130; graduates, 29. Union.-Students, 209; graduates, 66. Hamilton.— No report.
College of Physicians and Surgeons in the city of New York.Students, 201 ; graduates, 45.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Western District. Students, 96; graduates, 8.
University of City of New York College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Western District College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York city.
Professors and tutors.
Students, not including med'l.
95 238 113
55,400 45,146 260,000
tained at date of report.
... | $60,649
8,721 6,815 69,365
* Not including medical professors.
+ Not stated.
Library & Apparatus
$4,698 | $5,860 $2,314 $452 | $1,255 $91,509
TABLE — (Continued).
VALUE OF PROPERTY.
Coll. Ph, and S. N. Y.... Med. Institution, Geneva Albany Medical College. Med. Dep. U. City N. Y
182 195 108 323
$16,049 50,000 60,000
$3,335 25,610 $4,000 $79,610
* Not stated.