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September 9, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(11):863-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640110003002

Although the classification of medical schools has raised the level of medical education of the undergraduates and also improved the present status of graduate and postgraduate schools, the majority of physicians, for various reasons, rely on clinical laboratories for much of their diagnostic laboratory work and for much of the newer knowledge in medicine. The pathologist is rapidly advancing from being a good or poor technician to a consultant who must not only be expert in his own line, but in addition must have considerable knowledge of all the specialties. In order to have this information, the training must be broad in actual experience and practical skill.

The ideal laboratory director should be a broad minded, conservative, conscientious pathologist, preferably with clinical training, who must give freely of his knowledge to that group of physicians who depend on him for laboratory service. His rôle should be that of adviser and

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