Excerpt from The Bulletin of the Alumni Association of Rush Medical College, Vol. 15: November, 1919
This great, comprehensive plan would have provided at the University campus only for students of clinical medicine of the true graduate and research type, and this was in accord with the ideals which President Harper entertained for the develop ment of the University, which he desired should be primarily devoted to the most advanced learning and to the advancement of knowledge by original investigation.
While it provided a large number of beds at each of the three centers, in hospitals owned by or under the absolute control Of the school of medicine, it brought the school into intimate Coop cration with a considerable number of existing hospitals, afford ing in the aggregate an enormous amount of clinical material. And that is of very great advantage to any medical school; indeed it is an indispensable requisite for the most advantageous and effective teaching and research. While the individual student, especially the undergraduate, needs to study a few patients thoroughly rather than to see many patients hurriedly and super ficially, it is of a great advantage in any systematic course of clinical instruction to be able to present patients Suffering from the several diseases and disorders in proper and logical sequence. This can only be done when a large amount of clinical material is immediately at hand. Moreover, if students are to come into close contact with disease and to examine patients thoroughly at first hand, it has to be borne in mind that the amount of physical exploration which most patients can or will tolerate is strictly limited. This is especially true Of bed - ridden hospital patients as distinguished from the ambulatory patients seen in the dispensary.
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