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March 19, 1910

Inconsistency in Medical Teaching

JAMA. 1910;LIV(12):984. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550380064010

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To the Editor:  —As a senior student in a medical school I take the privilege of passing a criticism on one of the most flaring inconsistencies in our present system of medical training. In fact they are of such serious import that I sincerely hope for a thorough, emphatic comment editorially in The Journal. The seed is sown in the medical school and the harvest of weeds is reaped in professional life—I refer to the dispensing of proprietary medicines.From what I am able to learn, most medical schools are alike in this. The good pharmacologists rack their brains and ingenuity to teach us to think treatment in drugs, not medicines, and treat each case for itself. Then the physicians in charge of the dispensaries prescribe treatment, "give prescription number so and so." The inconsistency is interesting if nothing else. One minute our professors shout their condemnation of proprietary medicines,

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