Progress in Pediatrics
November 1948


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Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):528-532. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030541006

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THIS DISSERTATION is predicated on the assumption that the preclinical departments include physiology, pharmacology, pathology, biochemistry, bacteriology and anatomy. It is accepted as axiomatic that sound pedagogy in any field of learning involves an integrated program of instruction. In the field of medical education the clinical and the preclinical departments have overlapping objectives. The objectives are concerned with the desire to impart understanding of the structure and function of the human body, both in health and in disease, and of the means of combating disturbances in its mechanisms. The overlapping objectives of necessity bring a measure of integration, in a way which imposes no need for a conscious effort to enhance the integration. These questions then may be asked: "Is there a need for greater cohesion of purpose? Can a single department, namely, pediatrics, seek increased correlation with the preclinical divisions without endangering the responsible relation which these divisions have

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