Many inquiries have reached us in reference to the new Psychological Examination at the London University. It may be as well, therefore, to state that in lieu of the examination in Logic and Psychology, the Senate introduced for the first time at the M.D. Examination in November, 1886, the subject of “Mental Physiology, especially in relation to Mental Disorders.” On the occasion referred to, a candidate had his option as to taking the new or old subjects of examination, but in future, Logic and Psychology will disappear from the Examination. This is certainly an important step in the right direction, and aims at a much more practical class of subjects—a class far more useful to the physician. We should have been better satisfied, however, if the terms of the subject now introduced had been differently expressed. It is no doubt the result of a sort of compromise—a little new wine in old bottles—but we hope that before long only two words will remain, namely, Mental Disorders. As it is, an examiner is hampered by the sense that he cannot ask questions which do not more or less directly spring from the cardinal point of Mental Physiology, whereas it is to be desired that he should be able to examine on the same lines as the pass examination of the Medico-Psychological Association. We have no wish to see the examination made a difficult one, but questions should be asked in regard to the diagnosis and treatment of Mental Disorders, similar to those asked in the examination about other diseases. This would not only be better for the candidate, but would extend the area of subjects for the examiner, who otherwise will find it almost impossible to ask fresh questions from time to time.
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