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April 1947


Arch Ophthalmol. 1947;37(4):543-545. doi:10.1001/archopht.1947.00890220551018

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Dr. David Cogan's discussion of the "Aims and Aids in the Teaching of Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology" offers much valuable help to those who are planning the organization of such courses. I agree with him that an increasing number of institutions will require such training as a prerequisite to clinical residency. Of those institutions which do not insist that such training be completed before the appointment to the residency is made, an increasing number will require some such instruction as part of the resident training program. At every stage in training and practice those who have had such a review demonstrate its advantages.

With Dr. Cogan's aims I am in entire agreement. Two of his conclusions (relating to the teaching staff and the period of the course) will probably be challenged, but the difficulties which my associates and I have encountered in conducting a review of the basic sciences at

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