Are Medical Lectures Harmful to the Process of Learning?

J. Willis Hurst, MD


December 11, 2001

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The answer to the question posed in the title of this essay deserves our attention because, for various reasons, the teaching time for teachers of medicine is now severely limited. This causes teaching institutions to offer an increasing number of lectures with the hope that they will fill in the void produced by the decline in true teaching. Accordingly, it is appropriate to wonder whether a plethora of lectures can actually replace the guiding hands of true teachers.