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January 6, 1923

Clinical Medicine. I: Tuesday Clinics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

JAMA. 1923;80(1):57. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640280059036

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The chief fault with this book is that it contains too many puerile questions and answers, unnecessary repetitions, and irrelevant facts as to history and physical findings. In the actual clinical conference, many of these things may be admissible and of value. In the edited lecture that is to be read, they are wearisome, time consuming and disconcerting. All the advantages of the clinical lecture—and we agree with Barker that the amphitheater clinic has its place and its advantages—will be retained in the lecture that is rewritten from the stenographic notes and printed, as were Trousseau's lectures, with unnecessary verbiage cut out. Dr. Barker has the learning, the easy command of English, and the clinical material that would enable him to write most entertainingly and instructively. Even as it is, with this fault just mentioned, he has given a volume that will be welcomed by many a practitioner who will

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