The desirability of a more restricted materia medica, from the point of view of medical instruction, is conceded by every teacher of the subject. No part of the medical curriculum has been subject to more criticism than the teaching of materia medica; the statement is frequently made both by the general practitioner and by members of examining boards that the average medical student is not sufficiently instructed in the science and art of therapeutics, and is especially weak in his knowledge of drugs and their incompatibility and behavior in combinations and in his ability to write prescriptions. The present medical curriculum is by far too extended, so that it is practically impossible for the students to give sufficient time and attention to many fundamental subjects, because many others of minor importance have been introduced into it.
In order to determine to what extent the licensing examinations are influencing the teaching
LE FEVRE E. THE DESIRABILITY OF A MORE RESTRICTED MATERIA MEDICA FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF MEDICAL INSTRUCTION. JAMA. 1912;LIX(13):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090403006