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JAMA Revisited
January 7, 2020

The Teaching of Clinical Medicine

JAMA. 2020;323(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13246

Originally Published January 3, 1920 | JAMA. 1920;74(1):35.

Teachers of technical subjects naturally fall into one of two groups: first, the type whose interests lie mainly in the philosophic aspects of the subject taught, and second, the type who think of problems in terms of the individual. As Addis1 has recently pointed out, this is true of clinical medicine, and it is equally true of clinical surgery or of any other clinical subject. Some clinicians who are mainly interested in underlying principles may be described as the investigative type. Others who are chiefly interested in the problem of the individual patient may be regarded as the practical type.