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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:
Whilst this question of teaching medicine is going the rounds of the journals let me have my say on the subject. I consider that the present mode of teaching medicine should be reversed; or, in other words, the horse should be put in front of the cart instead of behind it. The lecturer or teacher goes to his class full of the subject matter, whilst his students know little of it. They sit like bumps on a log whilst their very eloquent teacher (?) tells them all about, or develops the subject.Suppose the teacher says to his class that to-morrow, between the hours of 11 A.M. and 12 M., we are going to have the subject of typhoid fever for discussion, and I wish you to familiarize yourselves fully with the subject; I will call on any one of
John M. Batten. Medical Teaching Methods.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(7):201–202. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411110019003