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August 4, 1917


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JAMA. 1917;LXIX(5):367-371. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590320043011

I hope that the critical conditions confronting our profession and medical schools may impart a timely interest in this subject. The teaching forces of the latter are to be reduced. The country needs, as never before, well trained physicians. New subjects, suddenly made important by the war, must be taught. The time demands a critical examination of our program of teaching to avoid waste of energy. We must plan to make each effort count, or the training of our graduates will suffer. Therefore, let us consider briefly the condition of the medical curriculum as a whole before assigning to the subject of anesthesia its position, relative importance, and method of presentation.

With the progress of medical knowledge new subjects are constantly being crowded into the course of study. Despite a gradual increase in the period of instruction up to the present duration of practically seven years, the crowding continues. This

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