Four questions form the outline of this discussion of undergraduate teaching in the field of dermatology and syphilology. To what extent are dermatology and syphilology specialities? To what extent are they to be taught as such to medical students? How does the specialist, as a teacher, represent his group and influence its standing, the content of his field and the prestige, ideals and opportunities of his confrères? Which method of undergraduate teaching serves the interests of the patient better: that which makes the practitioner so much of a dermatologist and syphilologist that he needs a specialist only to carry out some manipulative procedure which calls for apparatus, or that method which gives him only a general knowledge of the field, and leaves him handicapped in diagnosis except in the most obvious situations, and incompetent in treatment? The question of the influence of teaching methods on the immediate welfare of the
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