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Philadelphia, July 29, 1904.
To the Editor:
—My experience with students has convinced me that we have swung a little too far in the direction of clinical teaching; that at the present time we are giving them too few systematic ideas in regard to disease. The picture of disease as presented to them in a single clinical case may show but a few of the characteristic evidences of the malady, and may differ widely from the usual and ordinary. The student needs in the first place to acquire a thorough outline of the average case; after that he can apply with greater advantage his knowledge to the individual. The clinical lecturer as a rule lays especial emphasis on the symptoms of the case before him, which may be very misleading, or at least, imperfect.
Willard. DF. The Clinical Teaching Pendulum Has Swung Too Far.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):484. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500070044023