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June 23, 1900

SOME THOUGHTS ON TEACHING MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS, EMPHASIZING OBJECT TEACHING.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1601-1603. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610250013003d
Abstract

This subject is, I presume, rated by the majority of teachers in dentistry, and certainly by the vast majority of students of dentistry, as the dryest and most uninteresting of the entire college curriculum. Why this is so, I can not tell. I can only leave those who are especially interested in this particular work to draw the inference. As for me, I would not exchange my position as teacher of materia medica and therapeutics for that of any other in the list of instructors. This work is anything but dry and uninteresting, as I find it. I see in this field such opportunities for original research, for broadening of one's mind, for extension of one's knowledge, for general rounding of one's mental capabilities and character—teacher or student—as are found in very few, if any, of the other departments of college work. Surely, the individual who is unable, in the

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