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September 6, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(10):575-576. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480360055005

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The problem of providing a sufficient amount of clinical material for the adequate instruction of students is coming to be a serious one. The exhibition of patients, medical or surgical, in an arena clinic, before large classes, can no longer be deemed an adequate means of training as a preparation for practical life. It would perhaps have been better if the term "clinic" had never been applied to such an exercise. As ordinarily conducted it might be more properly termed an illustrated didactic lecture. The word clinic, signifying as it does, etymologically, the bedside, ought to indicate an exercise in which the students singly, or in small groups, are brought actually to the bedside of the patient so that each individual is allowed to examine by sight, hearing and touch the phenomena presented. Only by such methods can the eye, the ear, the tactile and other senses be properly educated.

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