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November 7, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(10):1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010280086019

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IN NO area of medical instruction is there a greater need for long-range vision than in the department of internal medicine in a teaching hospital allied with a medical school. Such a department, responsible for medical training in its broadest sense, may be expected to define and to implement the pattern of conduct for other departments to follow in the clinical sciences. One may inquire justifiably, why it is necessary to establish a pattern of conduct for the future when our medical schools and teaching hospitals are credited with performing a thoroughly commendable job at the present time. It is not necessary to search deeply to discover the answer. Although the obvious is not appreciated widely, and hence lacks the general recognition that it deserves, the absorption and comprehension of medical knowledge available today by young physicians in training does not automatically insure continued ability to absorb and to comprehend

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