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April 7, 1962


Author Affiliations

Oklahoma City, Okla.

JAMA. 1962;180(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050140058012

Much postgraduate education in medicine today is concerned with what might be called medical artisanship. Here the emphasis is on naming, classifying, and prescribing. Here the deep roots of tradition and the strong winds of fashion or of prevailing opinion govern thought and practice. Thus, on looking back over programs of past postgraduate sessions in recent years in any area of the United States, one sees that those who have attended have paid to learn, for example, for the treatment of burns, and the value of pressure bandages, plastic sprays, tannic acid, salt baths, sulfa gels, and, of course, the inevitable ACTH. Today, some postgraduate speakers are urging that burned areas be left alone if they can remain exposed. It is doubtless important to acquaint the practitioner with current opinion, but there may be room for other, perhaps more important, emphases in professional education.

William Osler, in the 1903 edition