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Progress in Pediatrics
November 1927

THE TECHNIC OF TEACHING

Author Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, Medical School of Harvard University BOSTON

Am J Dis Child. 1927;34(5):877-882. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130230161019
Abstract

My topic should really be "The Technic of Teaching Medicine," as this is the only kind of teaching about which I know anything. It should be still further limited, perhaps, to "The Technic of Teaching Pediatrics," as this is the kind of medical teaching that I have chiefly done. The teacher of medicine has an advantage over most teachers in that his students are not only willing but anxious to be taught. It is hard enough to teach even students of this sort. I cannot think of anything more difficult than to teach students who are not interested or who do not wish to learn.

To teach well, a man must like to teach. He must be interested in his teaching and must be willing to sacrifice everything else to it. If a conflict arises between his teaching and his private practice or consultations, he must be willing to let

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