Lectures, Books, and Practical Teaching
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
A question which has been of late a good deal discussed in medical councils and societies has been this -Whether lectures, as compared with books on the one baud, and strictly practical studies on the other, have not been allowed to assume a too prominent position in medical education ? Or perhaps it would be a more correct way of representing the views of some persons to say, Whether lectures (that is, oral instruction ex cathedra) be not an exploded and effete system, soon to be elbowed out,
... to be elbowed out, or displaced entirely, by the other methods just named? As one holding a commission to teach by lectures in this university a subject of the widest range, aud of the most far-reaching practical importance to all of you ; as one, moreover, who has for fully a quarter of a century had this problem constantly presented to his mind amid all the changing lights of experience, aud amid the actual necessities arising out of the teaching of large classes of students, -not one of which many and varied groups of pupils has at any time appeared at all unwilling to be so taught,-I have thought that it might be not uninteresting to you, and certainly not unbecoming in me, to anticipate our course of instruction in the present session by a few words on this matter, and to point out its bearing on the serious business we have before usthe study of the practice of medicine.