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November 9, 1918


Author Affiliations

Senior Visiting Physician, Boston City Hospital BOSTON

JAMA. 1918;71(19):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600450017005

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There is, I believe, a gap between the instruction given in materia medica, pharmacology and therapeutics on the one hand, and the requirementsof medical practice on the other, which, were it filled, would assist in making therapeutics even more valuable than at present. Let me recall the detailed instruction given to students in the comparatively few things employed in the surgical treatment of patients. An example is afforded by the instruction in the use of splints and bandages. The students are not only taught in a general way how and why these are used, but apply them repeatedly, the work being done in small sections. Students should be trained in a similar manner in the medical treatment of patients. The power in the hands of the physician does not display itself so dramatically as that in the hands of the surgeon, but it is no less essential, and opportunities for

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