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July 1949


Author Affiliations

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University LEE, MASS.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(1):93-103. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230010103019

OSLER gave his students at the Johns Hopkins such wise advice as: "Don't trust your memory. Make notes. Write down your observations. This is very important in cases of pericarditis. Percuss carefully the limits of dulness; measure them. Fluid may accumulate rapidly in the pericardial sac. If you make measurements you can compare them every day, and then you will know whether the fluid is increasing or decreasing." The secret of teaching, he insisted, was repetition. He used the method in the dispensary, in the wards and in his clinic, with such good effect that his admonitions and aphorisms, as well as his point of view and his attitude toward the study of disease, were indelibly impressed on the minds of his devoted pupils. In consequence, perhaps, the daily routine of work in the medical clinic remains only as a blurred background, against which a few vivid pictures stand out,