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The purpose of the conference here reported was to improve medical care in the New York City area by offering its physicians an opportunity to take part in informal, bedside teaching clinics in which common errors, controversial points, unknown factors, and recent advances in medical knowledge are freely discussed. Each subject is considered by a panel of experts with Forkner as moderator. The subjects included pulmonary hypertension, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, fractures of the hip, mechanism and treatment of the anemias, burns, obesity, regional enteritis, homosexuality, pheochromocytomas, the role of religion in healing, cancer of the rectum and anus, patent ductus arteriosus and coarctation of the aorta, the treatment of chronic heart disease, and pinworm infestation. The usual order followed in the meetings was first a discussion of the general principles involved by a recognized authority, next the presentation of a patient, and, after his dismissal, a free discussion by members
Practitioners' Conferences Held at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. JAMA. 1957;163(2):156. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970370070023