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November 29, 1919

DEFECTS IN THE TEACHING OF PATHOLOGY, AND THE LAY PROFESSOR

JAMA. 1919;73(22):1651-1655. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610480001001

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Abstract

Pathologic anatomy has to do with the structural rearrangements brought about by disease; and that individual who approaches the interpretation of any problem in medicine without a comprehensive knowledge of the normal and altered architecture of the tissues concerned, is poorly equipped for his task. The converse is equally true, namely, that individual who confines himself to the study of pathologic anatomy without attempting to bring it into harmony with the signs of altered function is intellectually blind in one eye.

THE CAUSE FOR DEFECTS IN THE TEACHING OF PATHOLOGY  It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that in this country the teaching of pathologic anatomy is wofully defective, except, perhaps, in isolated instances. There is a disposition in certain quarters to shoulder the blame on the medical schools, and at first glance the stricture appears to be merited. As a matter of truth, I venture the opinion that the

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