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June 6, 1953

THE KANSAS TELEVISION EXPERIMENT

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.
Professor and Chairman of Department of Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1953;152(6):554-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.63690060024030
Abstract

It is my intention to describe as objectively as possible our experiment with television in the educational program of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Certain historical, technical, and budgetary aspects of the project have been presented in a previous report.1 Now I wish to indicate precisely how we have tried to use this revolutionary new technique and what I believe some of its characteristics to be. Though our original monochrome installation was made in 1949 and was replaced by a color system as early as November, 1951, it seemed advisable to delay an analysis such as this until substantial experience had been obtained. Even now it is extremely difficult to separate fact from theory in all but a few limited areas.

So that the reader may appreciate more clearly the basis for my observations, I will first outline briefly the present situation. Administratively, the department of surgery

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