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August 13, 1904

How to Take Notes on Lectures.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500070043021

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Denver, Aug. 4, 1904.

To the Editor:  —The note-book in the hands of the student comes down to us from the days when medical books were few and costly. In the Alumni Register of the University of Pennsylvania for June is the account of the expenses of a medical student of one hundred years ago. Among the items in this account we find: "Bell's Anatomy, $22;" "Chaptal's Chemistry, neatly bound, $5.75," and "Barton's Elements of Botany, $6.00."But in this day, when almost every teacher has his own text-book or volume of published lectures, the student no longer needs to provide his medical library for future reference as he sits listening to lecture or clinic. The library so provided, judged by modern standards, is sure to be a very poor one. But although the note-books when finished may be worthless, a certain amount of advantage may be gained in the

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