The Philadelphia Idea as to Medical Teaching

H. A. Hare, M.D.
JAMA. 1911;LVI(8):608. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560080056023.
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To the Editor:  —On several occasions within the last few years statements have been made in medical journals, here and abroad, to the effect that the medical schools of this country are not equipped with satisfactory opportunities for clinical teaching. Last spring, the president of Cornell University, when delivering an address which should have been carefully prepared, made the extraordinary statement that no medical school in this country, with the exception of Johns Hopkins, had a hospital completely under its control, and therefore adequately used for teaching purposes.In the London Lancet, Feb. 4, 1911, its American correspondent in describing a proposed amalgamation between the medical department of Columbia University and the Presbyterian Hospital refers to this plan as the "Johns Hopkins idea." It goes without saying that those of us who know much of medical teaching hold the Johns Hopkins Medical Department in the highest esteem, but it is


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