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January 1963

How to Study

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(1):134. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620250138040

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Recently somebody called to my attention Swain's little book called How to Study. I checked it out of the library, finding to my sorrow that it was 25 years since it had been checked out last. Whether this should be looked upon as an indication that the book is outmoded as a guide to study or as a commentary on learning in a university community, I will not say. No doubt it is in the nature of books of instruction to be neglected. There are plenty of books that tell us how to write, and most writing could be improved by careful application of the principles set forth. But they are used little or not at all. Swain's book is packed with wise words, so commonplace in their evident truth that they take on almost the nature of clichés. How revealing that the word truism has come to have a

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