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September 1922


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Chief of the Children's Hospital Department of the Boston Dispensary BOSTON

Am J Dis Child. 1922;24(3):211-217. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1922.04120090034006

If we recall the conditions prevailing twenty-five years ago in the conduct of outpatient departments in the larger hospitals, we realize much progress has been made. This is most apparent in hospitals connected with medical schools, and is largely the result of the increased use of the outpatient clinics for purposes of medical instruction. When I was a third year medical student I recall distinctly three ward visits in the Children's Hospital as the total of bedside instruction for the year in the course in pediatrics. My memory fails when I try to estimate the extent to which outpatient material was utilized for clinical lectures, but it was very meager. When as a graduate I first took charge of the outpatient department of the Infants' Hospital, clinics were practically as large as they are today. I had one nurse as an assistant, and felt myself fortunate if I could inveigle

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