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June 15, 1901

THE NATURAL METHOD OF TEACHING THE SUBJECT OF MEDICINE.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY. BALTIMORE, MD.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(24):1673-1679. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470240001001
Abstract

There are three great groups of studies in the medical school. The first includes the mechanism of the normal body; the second, a knowledge of the abnormal; the third, a knowledge whereby deviations from the normal may be prevented and rectified.

To become acquainted with the structure and functions of the normal body, the student spends two or more years in the laboratories, and this part of his work has, within the past quarter of a century, not only increased enormously, but a complete revolution has been effected in the methods of instruction. Much more difficult is it to give to the student a thorough training in the other great groups of studies, and I think among teachers there is a feeling that the work along these lines has not progressed quite so satisfactorily as it has in the subjects embraced in the first group. I wish to tell a

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