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October 8, 1982

The Medical Teacher

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140071049

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This is a new book, in paperback, written by experts in medical education from Australia with a few chapters from the United Kingdom and the United States and divided into five sections.

The first section, concerned with "The Learner," reminds the teacher of the somewhat unique characteristics of medical students. They are relatively homogeneous with respect to intellectual ability, but may vary considerably in performance because of individual differences in perseverance, manual skills, and personality, to name a few, and also because of the teaching and examining methods employed. However, 95% of medical students are capable of learning to a high performance level if provided with appropriate opportunities. The second section is a brief one on "The Teacher," which discusses ways in which a teacher can gain feedback in teaching performances in order to decide which teaching skills need to be developed or improved.

The longest section, "Methods," deals with