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July 16, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(3):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500030043009

The Supreme Court of Louisiana has set its seal on the axiom that a hospital in which clinical instruction can be given is an absolutely necessary adjunct to medical teaching.1 The decision is one which should be emphasized before the educators of the country; young men and women who expect to study medicine should realize that ample clinical facilities are vital to the success of their college course. The decision was in a case in which the rignt of a university to establish a hospital was brought into question, and the court said that since the university already had special authority to teach medicine, it needed no additional authority to establish and maintain hospitals, because a hospital used for clinical instruction is an educational institution. Didactic instruction is but a preliminary to clinical study, and we are glad to have this fact emphasized by a supreme court.

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