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August 13, 1904

THE TEACHING OF MATERIA MEDICA IN MEDICAL SCHOOLS.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Pharmacology and Materia Medica, Western Reserve University. CLEVELAND, OHIO.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):452-454. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500070001d
Abstract

DESIRABILITY OF RESTRICTING THE COURSE OF MATERIA MEDICA.  "I must confess, if I had my way I should abolish materia medica1 altogether. . . . Not one trace of a knowledge of drugs has remained in my memory from that time to this; and really, as a matter of common sense, I can not understand the arguments for obliging a medical man to know all about drugs, and where they come from. Why not make him belong to the Iron and Steel Institute, and learn something about cutlery, because he uses knives?" . . ."I entertain a very strong conviction that any one who adds to medical education one iota or tittle beyond what is absolutely necessary is guilty of a very grave offense."—Huxley, "On Medical Education," 1870.Everyone will agree with this last sentence. In most medical schools the required class attendance exceeds thirty hours per week,

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