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March 25, 1939

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1939;112(12):1205-1216. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800120091041

A Fourth Year Medical Student Is Introduced to Lobar Pneumonia 

JOHN F. DOUGHERTY  Boston University School of Medicine, Class of 1939BOSTONIn the year 1867, while discussing medical education, Oliver Wendell Holmes stated:The most essential part of a student's instruction is obtained, as I believe, not in the lecture room but at the bedside; nothing seen there is lost; the rhythms of disease are learned by frequent repetition; its unforeseen occurrences stamp themselves indelibly on the memory. Before the student is aware of what he has acquired he has learned the aspects and causes and probable issue of the disease he has seen with his teacher, and the proper mode of dealing with them, so far as his master knows.The basic truth of this remark has been more and more accepted by teachers of medicine, and now as a result the average present day student in a