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January 23, 1892

Methods of Medical Instruction.—

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(4):114-115. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411080024014

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Despite the great advances in American medical education during the last few years, it still remains a painful fact that the methods of teaching in our colleges—even the best of them—are unphilosophical, and the means of instruction lamentably inadequate. This is true as regards teaching both the art and the science of medicine.

A trade can scarcely be mentioned, in which young men are taught their work in so irregular a manner as they are taught the theory and practice of medicine.

Apprentices learning to be shoemakers, watchmakers and mechanics, do not spend a large portion of their time observing experienced workmen make shoes, watches or machinery. They do not spend hours each day, listening to good workmen "tell" them how to do certain kinds of work. They commence at the onset to perform the simplest manipulations with simple tools and appliances, and step by step labor, till hand

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