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January 8, 1898

Syllabus of Laboratory Work in Materia Medica and Therapeutics in Use at Rush Medical College.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):105. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440540053026

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This syllabus fairly illustrates the change that has taken place in the teaching of materia medica and therapeutics. In the old days, not more than a quarter of a century ago, the professor stood before his class for an hour and gave an address more or less profound, more or less eloquent, according to the abilities and mood of the lecturer. He held up a bottle containing a specimen of the drug or preparation, and as a special favor occasionally passed it around for inspection with the bottle tightly corked and the label duly numbered and recorded. This cursory inspection was supposed to be sufficient to inform the student fully of all that was necessary for him to know. Now it is different; the student must handle the drugs; must be able to test the qualities from a chemic and as well from a pharmaceutic standpoint. Not only that but

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