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The first teaching ward round: Leyden 1660

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:483
  1. Jeremy Hugh Baron, honorary professorial lecturer
  1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

    I us[ed] a method not hitherto in use…took them daily into the public hospital [to] see the sick to whose complaints and other notable symptoms I directed attention, asking immediately afterwards what they had observed in the disorders of the patient; their views as to the causes and proper treatment, and their reasons for the same. With me they confirmed the happy results of the treatment,… or assisted in the examination of the cadavers.

    Franciscus Sylvius. Epistola Apologetica 1664. Cited by Baker F. The two Sylviuses, an historical study.

    Johns Hopkins Hosp Bull 1909;20: 329-39