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July 8, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(2):150-151. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740270054020

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Edinburgh Students Condemn the Medical Curriculum  In view of the recent criticism of the medical curriculum, the students' union of Edinburgh University held an important debate on the subject. Dr. Chalmers Watson, senior physician to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, who had been invited to address the meeting, said that in recent discussions there was practical unanimity as to the following defects in the curriculum: (1) excessive time and attention devoted to unnecessary detail in the preliminary subjects—anatomy, physiology and pathology —and failure to correlate these subjects adequately with the clinical work; (2) defective appreciation of limitations to the value of teaching by specialists in its relation to the work of the physician; (3) lack of attention to many subjects of great practical importance in preventive medicine. In Edinburgh, 900 hours of the curriculum was devoted to anatomy, whereas the hours devoted to medicine—essentially the life work of the physician—numbered only

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