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March 18, 1961

The Clinical Clerkship

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Pipersville, Pa.

JAMA. 1961;175(11):1023-1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040110087031

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To the Editor:—  I have read with amazement the special article "The Clinical Clerkship in Medicine" in The Journal (Nov. 12, 1960, p. 1413), in which Dr. Dana W. Atchley states that, when he began to teach at Columbia a few years after his 1914 courses of instruction at Johns Hopkins, "the students were barely tolerated and spent much of their time using the centrifuge as a roulette wheel." He asserts that most other institutions (presumably other than JH and inclusive of P. & S.) "did not permit students on the wards at all or allowed only a few with top grades to stand in the rear during rounds." Dr. Atchley's statements should not go unchallenged.Throughout 1916 and 1917, while in my third and fourth years of medical school, I served as Clinical Pathologist to the O. P. D. of the old Presbyterian Hospital, then—as now—the clinical affiliate of

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