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March 30, 1900

The Edinburgh Tradition and Clinical Instruction.

JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02470130052020

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Elizabeth, Ill., March 20, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The editorial on p. 670 of The Journal for March 9, on "The Edinburgh Tradition and Clinical Instruction," was read with much interest. I appreciated more fully perhaps its importance from having been instructed in an institution where the students, from the time they matriculate, are obliged to devote one-half of each day to clinical bedside instruction. This has been the practice, since its foundation in 1834, of the medical department of the Tulane University. New Orleans. The great Charity Hospital, so closely associated with this school, has given the faculty the opportunity to give bedside instruction. Since 1868 it has been the fixed regulation to divide the students into sections, each of which is taken in charge by a clinical professor and his chief of clinic. Bedside instruction is given each day in the hospital wards. Each student in a ward

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