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November 1971

The Challenge and the Opportunities of the Weed System

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(5):832-834. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310230145019

There is a refreshing enthusiasm abroad in internal medicine these days, vibrant and challenging. It is the enthusiasm for the Weed system, that manner of approach to the keeping of patient records which Lawrence Weed, MD, has so forcefully expounded. To a certain extent, the enthusiasm has managed to override all the anxieties and concerns occasioned by budgetary cuts and freezes. It has put a theme of purposeful pride into many distant corners and it has stirred young students and old professors alike to think more sharply and to work more precisely. Larry Weed's way has become a professional cause for many thoughtful men.

The story, although familiar to many now, merits retelling. Weed, an established bench scientist in the Department of Microbiology at Western Reserve, maintained his continued concern for clinical training. In the early 1960s he began to catalyze a generation of students at Metropolitan General Hospital by

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