Is Socrates Dying?

Sarmiento, Augusto
March 2008
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Mar2008, Vol. 90-A Issue 3, p675
Academic Journal
This article presents the author's view about the validity of the use of the Socratic method of teaching medical students in today's schools. He recounts three episodes that have made him question the appropriateness of the teaching method where the students and teacher devote class time asking and answering questions rather than lecturing. The first episode involved the response of a student when asked why he was reading a newspaper during a class on fracture-healing. Two other instances involving fracture healing illustrated that the new generation of orthopedists were not questioning various treatments and surgical procedures, but were guided by profit and business decisions.


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