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July 2, 1982

History in the Medical Curriculum: A Clinical Perspective

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Family Medicine and the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

JAMA. 1982;248(1):79-81. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330010053031

Since the 18th century, the inclusion of the history of medicine in the medical curriculum has enjoyed various justifications. Recent demands for a return to basic sciences suggest that history must be assessed in terms of its clinical rather than social relevance. This article, echoing Osier, argues that a knowledge of medical history will directly and uniquely enhance clinical competence.

(JAMA 1982;248:79-81)