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July 1, 1922


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Palo Alto, Calif.

JAMA. 1922;79(1):60-61. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640010064035

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To the Editor:  —I have just read (The Journal, June 3, p. 1743) certain reflections of a student relative to medical education. Now for some suggestions anent that topic from the practitioner's standpoint.In my humble opinion (M.D., Columbia, 1904) too much study is required of a purely theoretical nature. The subjects of physiologic chemistry, materia medica, comparative anatomy, etc., while extremely interesting, have too many hours of the course devoted to them. Would it not be wiser to focus on twenty drugs and have a broad, indelible knowledge of these, rather than ramble along over all the pharmacopeia? One should learn twenty drugs thoroughly and well, and read up the other 999 as parallel.What does the young graduate know of such topics as distribution of physicians in the United States; office equipment —how many rooms, where best to locate in a city or town, a roentgen-ray room, laboratory;

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