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To the Editor:—
In the May 5, 1956, issue of The Journal, page 27, there appeared an excellent article by Dr. Howard P. Lewis of Portland, Ore., entitled "Integration of Basic Science with Clinical Training." Dr. Lewis has stated that "The weakness of our present-day graduates in this subject is glaring, and this is a severe handicap to them." All that Dr. Lewis has stated in this excellent article is certainly true. Most medical graduates today do not possess a good knowledge of basic science, nor has any attempt been made to integrate such knowledge as they have received from men who are not especially interested in the clinical side of medicine. This can be done to some extent by regular ward rounds and clinical conferences. Some of our medical schools are making a real effort in that direction. Northwestern University Medical School is concentrating upon the teaching of both
Compere EL. BASIC SCIENCE TEACHING. JAMA. 1956;161(10):1001–1002. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970100067020
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