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The last generation has witnessed marvelous advances in methods of medical instruction, practical demonstrations having gradually displaced merely didactic teaching, and laboratory and clinical work superseding wherever possible the ordinary lecture. Within this period of time too the various special departments of medicine have grown up and the demands upon student and teacher are today much greater than ever. The obviously crowded state of the profession, the lengthening of the period of study, the requirement of State examination and other considerations of allied character seem not to deter increasingly large numbers from taking up the study of medicine and the continual organization of new institutions of teaching.
The medical profession of the United States owes a debt of gratitude to the city of Philadelphia for a number of reasons. In the first place. Philadelphia is the birth-place of the American Medical Association. That city has besides furnished some of the
RECENT INNOVATIONS IN MEDICAL INSTRUCTION. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(12):560–561. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440120034007
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