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To the Editor:
—I have read Dr. Hammett's reply to my article on this subject (The Journal, Dec. 13, 1919, page 1852) in which he refers to my "stigmatization" of the so-called lay professor in the medical school as untimely and as showing lack of appreciation of the contributions of such men to medical progress.I regret that my statements should have been interpreted as an effort to stigmatize gentlemen for whom and for whose accomplishments I entertain respect and admiration. I made no reference to the scientific achievements of nonmedical men which, from Pasteur onward, have been universally acclaimed, but confined myself to criticism of the value of nonmedical men as teachers in the medical school. Doubtless the nonmedical professor is a necessary factor in that stage of evolution through which the schools are now passing, since modern medicine has failed, among other things, to provide its own teachers
Symmers D. "DEFECTS IN THE TEACHING OF PATHOLOGY, AND THE LAY PROFESSOR". JAMA. 1919;73(26):1954. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610520044030
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