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March 1956

Practitioner's Conference Held at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(3):391-392. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250210137020

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This book reports a series of conferences which were organized particularly for postgraduate education of the physicians in the greater New York area under the able leadership of Dr. Forkner. The subjects range through influenza and atypical pneumonia, the harmful effects of tobacco, coronary thrombosis, asthma, and a variety of other clinical problems to disorders of the feet. Dr. Forkner has chosen his panels from the talent of the whole New York area, and for the most part the contributions are interesting and instructive.

The teaching value to those present at a conference where patients and their problems are discussed by informed and nimble minds is unquestioned. On the other hand, conferences, even under able chairmanship, may degenerate into exercises in which the occasional "pearl" that may develop is lost in a plethora of loose talk and loose thinking. On p. 342 a question from Dr. Forkner as to why

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