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November 1960

Teaching and Research in Diabetes.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(5):744. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820050156028

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One of the problems which confront us is how to produce physicians who are self-propelling missiles rather than constantly decelerating rifle bullets. Self-education has an enduring effect upon the outlook, the sense of values, and the objectives, although few would go as far as Franklin Mall of Johns Hopkins, who thought that the best way to teach anatomy was to give the student a body and a scalpel and retire from the scene.

In May, 1958, one hundred and eighteen experts met to discuss the teaching of diabetes. The book under review is their report. I approached it with pleasure and apprehension. With pleasure, because education needs to be discussed, and because the meeting included many for whom I have the greatest admiration and respect. With apprehension, because this is a subject about which little can be said that is new, and because that which can be said need not

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