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Report of the First Institute on Clinical Teaching: Report of the 6th AAMC Teaching Institute

William B. Bean, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(3):465. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620030153029.
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Reports of teaching institutes, the kind of thing that the linguistically destitute cheerfully call workshops, often are about as inspiring as a workshop. They have a melancholy way of being insufferably tedious or, trying to avoid tedium by a kind of spurious light-heartedness, fall flat on their institutional face. Because this conference was good or the editing was good, or both, this report of the First Institute on Clinical Teaching held under the auspices of the Association of American Medical Colleges strikes a genuinely happy note and provides interesting reading for anyone connected with the teaching of medicine and thus indirectly with anyone practicing medicine. We see microcosm and macrocosm, the soul of the student and the social and environmental forces which impinge upon him and various aspects of medical teaching with emphasis on science as a cultural as well as practical discipline. Many distinguished medical teachers and scholars took


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