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Clinical Discussions And Conferences

 

The third method of the acquisition of knowledge was the discussion with the men of his own line of learning after he has fully- acquired his scholarship and skill in exposition, that gives the final finishing of his proficiency and enlarges his field of vision by throwing light on many an obscure point and sharpens his wits and methods of cogent argument. He becomes then an adept in the full sense of the term. This would correspond to the clinical meetings of the colleges and conferences of the present day.

 

Logic was one of the subjects in secondary school education. Logic was the foundation for the scientific medicine. And if the medicine is to be maintained on scientific level, every medical man should be taught the basic principles of logic. Otherwise the doctor, devoid of logic, will convert the scientific medicine into dogmatic practice.

 

��We shall hereafter expound the method of discussion. A physician should discuss with another physician. Discussion with a person of the same branch of science is indeed what makes for the increase of knowledge and happiness. It contributes towards the clarity of understanding, increases dialectical skill, broadcasts reputation, dispels doubts regarding things heard by repeated healing and conf�irms the ideas of those that have no doubts. It enables one to hear a few new things in the course of discussion. Sometimes, secret meanings, which the teacher imparts to the ministering disciple m a propitious moment gradually, the excited disputant, desirous of victory reveals in the process of discussions. Hence it is that discussion with men of the same branch of science, is applauded by the wise.

That the medical conferences were held for the advancement of the science and for the acquisition and spread of knowledge, has already been described in the course of this chapter.