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September 23, 1911

THE EXPERIMENTAL METHOD: ITS INFLUENCE ON THE TEACHING OF MEDICINE

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1911;LVII(13):1017-1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090239001
Abstract

The phase of experimental medicine which I am about to discuss is "Experimental Medicine: its methods, what it has accomplished; the problems before it; and what it may hope to do in the future." I intend to point out, at the risk of being misunderstood, the importance of the experimental method in the everyday work of the student and the teacher of medicine; and how, if conscientiously applied, it may thus exert a powerful influence in the development of the science of clinical medicine.

It is my profound conviction that the greatest fault in our medical teaching is the failure of the majority of teachers to practice, when in actual contact with the students, those scientific methods which they recommended in theory, and which some of them vigorously apply in their own investigations. I would not

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