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According to the expressed views of many critics the history of medicine as a science, in contradistinction to an art, is not a long one. One of the greatest steps in securing progress in the science of medicine, it will be maintained, was the introduction into the curriculum of medical schools of laboratory instruction in place of much of the "word of mouth" instruction of the older days. Beginning with anatomy as the first laboratory course in nearly all cases, there have been added courses one by one, until practically every course is now a laboratory course, including the bedside clinic as perhaps the best sort of a laboratory. Even the dry-as-dust subject of osteology has taken on a new life with the introduction of courses in certain schools in which the student constructs a clay model of each bone as it is studied.
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THE LABORATORY METHOD OF INSTRUCTION.. JAMA. 1904;XLII(20):1290-1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490650028005