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March 1963

Lectures on Hematology

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(3):391. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620270117022

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Recently, I bore silent witness to the assassination of the medical lecture in a large medical school. Scholastic necessity favored a gradual change, a rejuvenation rather than reincarnation. But political unrest dictated murder and revolt, and the Booths, the Guiteaus, and the Czolgoszs had their day.

My conscience still hurt when I started reading the 13 lectures in the book edited by Dr. Hayhoe. When I finished, the pain was so great I felt I must at last speak out. Here were lectures! Here were semiformal, friendly talks, each by a man who knew his field, each designed to inform and to teach. The content of each lecture was proper for its length and proper for the audience; the style throughout was superb! The audience was told what they should know, sometimes with humor, sometimes with hard fact, but always with humility. The reader can almost hear some speakers as

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