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November 5, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(19):561-563. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420190025003

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The effort to raise the standard of preparation for medical study, and lengthen the course meets the hearty approval of all. But is there not needed some changes among teachers and methods of teaching? Are the medical colleges doing their work along the advanced lines of medical progress? The evils that are so apparent in the short hurried studies of young men both unprepared and unfitted for professional life are not unfrequently traceable to the teachers and their methods.

Somewhere in the past an eminent teacher was invited to read a paper before a Section of the Association at its annual meeting. He declined with thanks, giving as a reason that there was really nothing new in that field worth writing about. This is a good illustration of many surgeons, who honestly think the entire field of medicine has been explored: To them there are no frontiers of mystery, everything

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