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August 30, 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Medical Clinic of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

JAMA. 1941;117(9):664-667. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350004002

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Bedside teaching is an established procedure in medical education. Its value as a teaching method and the advantages and disadvantages to the instructor and student have been considered by others. The patients' reactions to this procedure, on the other hand, have received little attention. There have been numerous essays which have considered the patient-physician relationship and the need for interpretation of personality structure with expression of sympathy and tact at the bedside. However, these have not been based on direct study of patients' reactions and are, for the most part, points of view and appeals for sympathetic attitudes.

In order to obtain more objective data, an investigation was undertaken to study patients' reactions and behavior during ward round teaching. Specific attempts were made to discover whether the experience is traumatic, to gain further insight into patients' reactions to their illnesses and to learn how the procedure might be utilized as

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