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Quiz Section

The pathology professor sat on the table at the front of the small auditorium. It was the weekly quiz section. He began by asking one of them to define pathology. He called on Art, who answered, "It is the study of disease." He was told that "that will do at a cocktail party for an uncle, but not in this class." The professor then gave the question to another student. Sometimes, he gave the same question to one student after another and kept a poker face the whole time, not letting any one know who was correct. He tried terribly hard to teach them to think independently, using their reading knowledge as well as their own logic. Actually, in guiding their thinking, he worked as hard or harder than his students.

-May Lesser

Excerpt & image from: Lesser, May H. The Art of Learning Medicine. New York: Appleton-Century Crofts; 1974. p. 72-3.

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