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September 21, 1901


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery and Clinical Surgery in the University of Illinois. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(12):741-742. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470380011001c

The present is a time of great change in methods, as well as in the principles of pedagogy in our medical schools. The extent of medical science is so great that no individual can expect to be master of the whole field. The duration of the course preparatory to the practice of medicine is now long enough, and the preliminary education is now thorough enough to allow the best methods of study to be used. For a certain part of the medical curriculum there is no plan of teaching which promises so much as the seminar.

In previous publications1 I have called attention to my own efforts in this direction. It is my purpose here to make another plea for the more general adoption of the seminar, in teaching almost any topic of interest to the student.

In order that we may understand each other, let me say that