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September 19, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(12):618-621. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430900002002

At the last meeting of the American Medical Association there was some discussion relative to the best method of teaching the different branches of medical science. If this subject received attention, as far as gynecology is concerned, I have yet to see a report of what was said. I believe, however, that the usual method of teaching this comparatively new and certainly very important department of medicine fails of its purpose in many instances.

The primary object of a medical education is to train the faculties of observation and then to teach the application of peculiar knowledge for the alleviation of distressing symptoms and the relief of the responsible pathologic conditions. The task is most complicated, and it is not surprising that in many instances the student, who, perhaps, has passed a brilliant examination, fails ignominiously when confronted with the exigencies of actual practice.

Perhaps the fault is not exclusively

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