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February 8, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(6):404-405. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480060042011

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The warden of the Cook County Hospital, a layman who has nearly absolute power in that institution, not long since prohibited bedside clinics, and has now put his veto upon all public gynecologic clinics whatever. The superintendent of the corresponding institution in Milwaukee, Wis., has, it is reported, followed his example and now prohibits clinics or the attendance of medical students at operations on women where any exposure is necessary. This cuts off a very important part of the clinical instruction, and ought certainly to have good reasons to justify it. So far as we have seen, the excuses are that it shocks the sensibilities of the warden, and especially that some medical students have been discourteous in their behavior. As regards the first point it does not probably occur to the official that in this he is setting himself up as a critic of all who have preceded him,

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