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Whether there is anything perfect in this world, I do not know. That it is possible to improve the teaching of clinical medicine in this country, at least, I feel quite sure; at the same time, also, I recognize the advance which is certainly making, and am, convinced that this will continue. We believe that the best is none too good for us, and propose to have it. To hasten and secure progress in the future it is well to understand and consider the past, and the lines along which evolution has worked to bring us where we are. We must also bear in mind the local conditions, with the advantages and disadvantages which they entail. The problems are, to make the best of what we have got, to get more, and gradually to surmount the bars to progress, whether these are accidental or inherent in the spirit and institutions
SHATTUCK FC. METHODS OF TEACHING CLINICAL MEDICINE.Read before a Pedagogic Section of the Pan-American Medical Congress, Washington, September, 1893. JAMA. 1893;XXI(19):677–679. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420710005002
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