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May 24, 1919


JAMA. 1919;72(21):1540-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610210036011

In the discussion this subject is receiving [at the present time] there is some danger that the question at issue may be lost sight of. The object of the discussion, and the only reason for it, is the improvement in methods of teaching medicine. No one supposes that these methods are now perfect or are in all cases even good. Methods continually change, which must mean either improvement or retrogression.

The issue is to learn how to improve present conditions for instruction—how to produce physicians more competent than those of our generation.1 To this end an inventory of facilities for instruction and systems now used, and their results, as they have been revealed by the war, is most useful. There is no question respecting the loyalty of medical officers, nor of their willingness to give, in any capacity, all that they have to give. This has impressed not only

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