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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 15, 2010

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEDSIDE TEACHING

JAMA. 2010;304(11):1271. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1114

FRANK W. HORNBROOK, M.D.
BOSTON

In this day when laboratory methods are so strongly emphasized and practiced and when there is such a surplus of theoretical teaching, let me call the attention of the medical profession, and especially the teaching branch of the profession, to bedside teaching. Teaching medical students at the bedside, while they are still in school, how to recognize a patient who is really seriously sick from one who is only mildly ill; how to recognize what the patient is suffering from; how to prognosticate as to recovery and what are the practical, the sane methods of treatment in each individual case as learned from the actual case by individual examination—this form of teaching, which is of the utmost value, is not carried out in any of the first-class medical schools with which I am familiar.

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