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July 28, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(13):972. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860300062022

To the Editor:—  In five recent articles in American and British journals, various authors have called attention to the important developments in health teaching and medical training films which are bound to occur in the postwar period.

REASONS FOR SLOW DEVELOPMENT IN PAST  The motion picture has been slow in establishing a place for itself in the field of medical teaching. In the first place, this device with its limited eye and ear approach has had to compete with bedside teaching and laboratory teaching with their multiplicity of approaches. In the second place, medical teachers have made such extended use of actual specimens, photographs, teaching charts, lantern slides, cross sections and models in illustrating their lectures and have illustrated their textbooks and articles so lavishly that the need for the motion picture has not been apparent.In the field of medicine, therefore, the use of the motion picture has had

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