The problem of the relation of the preclinical laboratory courses to the work of the clinical years is one that must interest every teacher and every student in a medical school. It is a problem that will often occur, for the aspects of medicine as a whole and of its constituent and underlying sciences are ever undergoing changes that require, at comparatively brief intervals, corresponding readjustments of the medical curriculum. The most that we can do at any one period, after formulating sound general principles regarding the relationships that should exist, is to make the adjustments desirable for the period, understanding that these adjustments are but temporary and must, of necessity, give way, later on, to others.
That I have been invited to participate in this discussion is, I take it, partly because of the schools in which I have had opportunity to teach, but more because of the fact
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