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August 24, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;71(8):609-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600340001001

Our last chairman made a plea to bring the practice of clinical medicine closer to pharmacology. I should like to make a plea to bring the teaching of pharmacology closer to clinical medicine.

In saying this I have no desire to return one inch toward the old style teaching of empiricism, or to lessen one iota in the teaching of the physiologic action of drugs. I have selected this subject, trite as it is, on account of the difficulties which I myself encountered as a medical student in the study of pharmacology, and which I meet again in my own students and in the students of other medical teachers. I believe that these difficulties are not entirely inherent in the nature of the subject. Medical students have difficulty in grasping, assimilating and remembering the facts of pharmacology because they have too few pegs on which to hang them; and the

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