The Teaching of Surgery

HERBERT L. BURRELL
1902 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
The subject of the teaching of surgery is one in which I have been keenly interested for many years, and the more I study it the less definite my conclusions become. There are undoubtedly underlying principles which govern the teaching of surgery, but what those principles are 1 have not yet determined. The vagueness of my impressions and the lack of positive conclusions led me at first to decline the invitation to present a paper on this subject extended by the president and secretary; but,
more » ... secretary; but, impressed as I am with the importance of the subject, 1 decided to give such opinions as I have with tho hope that they will stimulate discussion, and thus be made a step in progress toward the solution of the problem what constitute the best methods of teaching surgery ? I think we all appreciate that our impressions and conclusions as to methods of education are at present being revised; whether wisely or nul time alone can tell, for it is only by experience that the value of methods of teaching can be determined. My experience as a teacher of surgery has covered too short a period for me to see the endresults of methods, and it has been too limited in time and methods for me to speak with authority.
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