Edinburgh Medical Students Peculiarly Described as ‘Occasional Auditors’

@article{Swan2005EdinburghMS,
  title={Edinburgh Medical Students Peculiarly Described as ‘Occasional Auditors’},
  author={H. Swan},
  journal={Journal of Medical Biography},
  year={2005},
  volume={13},
  pages={207 - 217}
}
  • H. Swan
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Medical Biography
The phrase ‘occasional auditor’ appears to have been coined by a Royal Commission of 1826–32 to describe students who attended classes but did not intend to graduate. ‘Occasional’ meant ‘infrequent’, ‘auditor’ meant ‘listener’, and the Commission paid scant attention to these students. At the Edinburgh Medical School, however, such non-graduating students significantly outnumbered the graduates, and this can be shown to have been the case from as early as 1726 and to have continued until 1858… Expand

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