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January 23, 1892

"The Methods of Medical Instruction" and the Pan American Medical Congress.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(4):110. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411080020004

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To the Editor:  The thoughtful editorial in the Journal for to-day (January 16) is full of suggestions. The time has come when the art of medical teaching must be taught. It is folly to suppose that because a man is a physician he is, by that token, a competent medical teacher, too. There is a vast difference between a practitioner and a teacher, at least in the abstract. The qualities are frequently combined, but we all know brilliant practitioners who would be laughing stocks before medical classes, and many of us know successful teachers who would be but bulls in china shops were they to invade the sick chamber. But whoever may choose to become a teacher of medicine, let him first learn how to teach—let him study some method of conveying instruction. How many Deans of medical colleges are there who have any comprehension whatever of the technique of

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