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July 15, 1974

Physicians as Public Speakers

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Pasadena, Calif

JAMA. 1974;229(3):268-269. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230410014010

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Lois DeBakey speaks wisely (228:567, 1974) when she abhors the idea of a glib-tongued professional speechmaker substituting as a dummy speaker for the real idea-man in our scientific meetings. However, some of our brilliant physicians are failing to inform and convince their audiences because they have not taken the time and trouble to learn the principles of public speaking.This problem is being corrected as more and more of our residency programs incorporate a course in public speaking.