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April 8, 1950

Outlines of Internal Medicine (Including Clinical Chemistry and Microscopy)

JAMA. 1950;142(14):1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910320076032

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Watson, who speaks for an excellent group of contributors, did not intend the volume to be a medical textbook. In form it resembles a permanent and desired volume of 506 pages rather than a student's syllabus—which in fact it is. Nonetheless, it cannot be offered to the general medical public unless a somewhat limited purpose is contemplated. It was intended for third year teaching, and in the University of Minnesota it no doubt is a useful item in a good system of pedagogy. The book was circulated among junior teachers who did not think in their situation that it would be useful. Teaching schemes are variable and are determined by the habits and tastes of the preclinical teachers. To illustrate the point, the chapters on infectious diseases are written by a professor of medicine who is also an excellent bacteriologist. He includes in his chapter for third year students material

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