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November 1939

What a University President Has Learned.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(5):1130-1131. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190050236017

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This book contains eight short essays which should be read by any one interested in education. Mr. Lowell's way of saying things is clearcut and positive, and what he has learned as a university president is worth reading.

Although none of Mr. Lowell's discussions deal primarily with the problems of medical education, he has many wise and witty remarks about education in general that are applicable to medicine. To readers who enjoy a pungent, almost epigrammatic style the book will be a constant delight. Sentences like these are typical. "In mental as in physical instruction the question is largely one of appetite and of how this can be whetted." "Examinations like most human things are imperfect and their results are only approximate." "The choice of a career is less important than is commonly supposed. Much the same qualities are required in all professions and in all kinds of business—intelligence, good

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