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Spastic introspection characterizes our time. Ours is the age of steel-trap narcissism and medical teachers are strongly affected. Taking into account the compulsive self-catechizing of teachers in the higher realm, it is not surprising that many institutes, "workshops," symposia, colloquia, and other exercises so often mark and sometimes mar the contemporary scene. In calmer times, it was assumed that the teacher in a medical school knew how and what to teach, the professor knew how and what to profess, and the physician knew whom to care for and how. Teaching institutes, a term of modern ugliness, tend to have a rancid doctrinaire air of professionalism about them. Some inmates beat their breasts, some weep at the wailing wall, some gaze at the stars, and some exhibit down-to-earth common sense. That they tend to be pedestrian affairs is expected. Transcripts of their ruminations may not do justice to what really
Bean WB. Report of the Second Institute on Clinical Teaching. Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):286–288. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020184028
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