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October 20, 1951


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Nyack, N. Y.

JAMA. 1951;147(8):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670250069028

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To the Editor:  —There is no ready answer to the question of why there were 20,000 less persons in attendance at postgraduate courses during 1950-1951 than in the preceding year. My own experience may project one facet of the problem. The courses I attended from 1945 to 1949 left me unsatisfied. Not a single subject was covered in a timely postgraduate fashion. In fact, I felt as if I were being "talked down to" and that I was expected to remain bewildered at the omniscience of the lecturers.Most of us out in the field who seek postgraduate guidance want reassurance that we need not approach all medical problems confronting us with the confusion of a third year medical student ordering all the available laboratory and x-ray work. We need guidance and reassurance that our therapeutic approaches to problems remain sound and that we are not subjecting our patients to

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