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The Medical Curriculum
An important discussion has been aroused in Edinburgh by the publication of an article entitled "Away with the Lumber of the Medical Curriculum," by Dr. Chalmers Watson, senior physician to the Royal Infirmary. He regards the medical curriculum as overloaded in some respects and deficient in other respects, particularly in clinical training and in such subjects as dietetics, antenatal hygiene, physicotherapeutics and eugenics. He brings forward a number of proposals for reform: 1. No course of systematic lectures should exceed fifty, each subject being represented by a textbook adapted to the student's needs; some tutorial work and demonstrations should be added. These should be so planned as to cultivate the individual student's thinking powers. 2. In determining the number of systematic lectures for special subjects, the sole consideration should be the needs of the student. In regard to public health, for instance, it should be remembered that
LONDON. JAMA. 1933;100(24):1947. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740240043023
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