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March 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):670-671. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470100062006

In an address entitled "The Edinburgh Tradition and other Topics," Adami1 emphasizes the great value of bedside teaching, more especially as carried out in the hospitals in Montreal, and he discusses the question why this method has been practiced so long in Montreal, while "elsewhere on the continent until recently clinical instruction and the free entry of students into the wards have been most exceptional?" "The democratic air of the states" is not considered adequate to explain the difference. The fact that many hospitals secondarily became attached to medical schools has been one cause, without doubt, of the opposition to the entrance of students into the wards. In Montreal the founders of the hospital and the earliest members of the staff were likewise the founders of the medical school, and they endeavored to exemplify in the new institutions the traditions of their youth. The Montreal school was developed by

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