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June 21, 1890

THE VALUE OF ILLUSTRATION IN THE LECTURE ROOM.Read in the Section of Dental and Oral Surgery at the Forty first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Nashville, Tenn., May 21, 1890.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(25):897-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410250017001f

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Abstract

The object of this short and hastily written paper is to point out to those who are interested in the work of the lecture room, what we believe to be one of the best methods of illustrating the various branches taught.

I think I am safe in making the assertion that teachers in all departments of study see the necessity of illustrations. Abstract teaching alone, either by lectures or recitation, fails to produce as permanent an impression on students as it does with illustrations. For example, we may give a description of a city or some place we are familiar with, to a class of students and afterward ask them to describe the same, we find that no two understand the description as it was given.

If views had accompanied the description of the place, showing the streets, buildings, etc., each student would have formed almost as correct an idea,

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