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March 12, 1892

REPORT OF THE SURGICAL CLINICS,Held at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, before the Students of the Western Pennsylvania Medical College,

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(11):315-319. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411150005001c

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[Reported by E. E. Wible, M.D., a member of the Graduating Class.]

September 27, 1890. This being my first clinic, let me say a word to the students who are just commencing the study of surgery, and hope at some future time to become surgeons.

While it is true that clinical lectures are the best manner of teaching either medicine or surgery, and that no one can be a safe practitioner without such teaching, it is also true, that the student of surgery who believes that by simply witnessing surgical operations, he will thereby become a good surgeon, will find in the end that he has made a mistake. There is a certain dramatic attraction about a surgical operation, which charms the student and rivets his attention, but that student who has not the perseverance and industry to follow up and study the details of the after-treatment, although he may

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