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NATHAN R. SMITH, M. D.,

PROFESSOR OF SURGERY

IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND,

THIS VOLUME,

AS A TRIBUTE OF RESPECT DUE TO HIS EMINENT TALENTS

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LÉCTURE IV.--CLINICAL EXPERIENCE-Necessity of a Hos-

pital to every Vedical School-In What Manner Use-
ful-Observation alone not Sufficient-Which the more
Useful, Reading or Observation ?--Examination of Pa-
tients-Examine for Yourselves ---Conduct of the Un-
derstanding duscultation--Best Way of Learning It-
Rare Cases--Notes of Cases- IIumanity--Results of
Clinical Experience. CONVERSATION as a Means of
acquiring Knowledge-Its Utility to Students-Dan-
gers to be Avoided .............

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LECTURE V.--- MEDICAL SCHOOLS. Controversy respecting

Them--Difference between American and European
Medical Schools ---Causes of that Difference--- Equal
Difference in the case of other Schools—Education of
our Physicians not Inferior to that of our Lawyers and
Clergy --Charges against the Medical Schools--Insuf-
ficient Prelimin iry Education of their Pupils-Higher
Education for all not yet Ittainable—But the Case not
worse at presect than it has always been-Undue bre-
vity of Professional Stuly-Sessions too Short-Trivi-
al Examination before Graduating-Prospect of Im-
provement-What the Schools have Done-- No sudden
and gieat Improvement to be Expected—Students not
to depend principally upon the Schools, but upon
Themselves

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