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Special Article
August 9/23, 2004

The Overlecturing and Underteaching of Clinical Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga. The author has no relevant financial interest in this article.

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(15):1605-1608. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.15.1605

In ancient Greece, a group of traveling "wise men,'' known as sophists, lectured on a large variety of subjects. Their presentations were spectacular and highly influential because they spoke beautifully.1 Socrates, on the other hand, tried to develop the minds of young people by asking a series of carefully conceived questions; he taught his students to think.1 Socrates considered the sophists to be poor teachers, and they believed that he was a dangerous eccentric. Socrates continued his efforts, which eventually led to his death. The debate continues. Which method of teaching is the best? This article, which is admittedly biased, addresses this serious question.

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