November 30, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(22):1846-1847. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530220034004

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We recently called attention to the ways in which pharmacologic laboratories can serve the profession. To the pharmacologists in the medical school comes another and most important function: the teaching of sound principles to the physicians of the future. Such teachers should not be expected to teach therapeutics; that belongs to the clinical chairs. Pharmacologists should be men in touch with the clinicians and should take a live interest in the problems of the latter; but they should not try to be clinicians themselves. It is impossible for one man to have the knowledge of chemistry and physiology indispensable to a real understanding of the relations of drugs to each other and to the organism and at the same time to be a skilled diagnostician and therapeutist. Rare, indeed, is the pharmacologist who can master his own subject.

The experiment of having clinicians teach pharmacology has received a thorough trial

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