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March 25, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(12):965. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500390049011

In the article by Dr. Abbott in this issue of The Journal,1 it is stated that, while the laboratory methods of medical teaching are utilized in this country as much as, or more than, in any other, it is here that the remarkable fitness of the medical museum for teaching purposes is perhaps least understood. We are not affirming nor disputing this statement, the conditional "perhaps" is an essential saving clause to any such utterance in regard to the United States. We may have institutions in which the admirable system of McGill is equaled if not excelled. This, however, does not in any way lessen the advisability of calling more general attention to this method of imparting instruction. Object-teaching, in all recent times, has been recognized as one of the most important branches of any complete system of education, and, in certain ways, it is as valuable in advanced