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May 27, 1911

THE EDUCATIONAL FUNCTION OF HOSPITALS AND THE HOSPITAL YEAR

JAMA. 1911;LVI(21):1546-1548. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560210018007
Abstract

The central figure in every hospital is, or should be, the patient. Whatever use is made of the hospital as a means of education it should be self-understood that whenever the sick man enters it he has a right to expect and demand the most skilled, treatment its staff can offer. We physicians believe that the best treatment will be in the hospital that clearly recognizes its educational function. But if the patient be utilized for the instruction of nurses, undergraduate or graduate medical students, or in the working out of some scientific problem, there must be assurance that his life is not endangered or his health impaired thereby. We may use him as "material," to employ the word that unfortunately has become fixed in our medical vernacular, but not as we use a Wheatstone bridge, a burette, a test-tube, a guinea-pig or a rabbit. We assert that it is

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