THIS is a piece of survey research carried out to deal with the question that I asked the last panel. If I were to answer the question "How has knowledge of what the residents should know in practice been worked out before," I think I would answer (perhaps wrongly) that it was worked out subjectively by the leaders in the individual departments based on their own personal experiences with their own practices.
This method has come to be a particularly ineffective way to plan curriculum now. A better method is by survey research. Survey research has improved techniques greatly lately following some hard experiences with predictions about the election results for "President" Dewey and the analysis of the growing market for the Edsel automobile.
Having refined their methods a great deal, they now find that marketing a kitchen cleanser, or a mouthwash, they can almost evaluate the market exactly
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