August 13, 1904

The Revival of Didactic Instruction.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):484. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500070044022

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Memphis, Tenn., July 25, 1904.

To the Editor:  —The didactic lecture hall, the recitation room, the clinical amphitheater, the hospital wards and the laboratories should all be utilized to the fullest extent in teaching modern medicine. I regret to note the sentiment prevailing in some of our great schools against didactic work. No student can read unless he first learns his alphabet. Nor can he solve a problem in mathematics unless he knows his figures. He can not parse a sentence in English or solve a problem until he has been thoroughly grounded in the rules governing each case.The didactic lecture is the alphabet, the unit one, the rules in teaching medicine. Let the didactic professor preach typhoid fever in the most forcible manner, then let the clinical professor teach typhoid fever in the hospital wards. I am a hearty champion of didactic work along with clinical. Medical schools

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