Pathology Teaching Materials, 1930-1962

Forbus, Wiley Davis
Scope and content:

Series includes clinicopathological conference dictations and some reports for the 1950s; School of Medicine pathology course materials including the class curriculum, record, evaluations, ratings, schedules, photos, regulations, procedures, syllabi, manuals, and rosters from 1948 until 1960; files for specialized course materials for topics such as legal medicine; and student comments from 1933 until 1960. The curriculum was designed by Forbus as case method teaching with everything centering around the autopsy. "Teaching is Dr. Forbus' driving force and chief activity...These have been fearsome exercises for many...but the laughter which comes from the autopsy room...indicates that everyone is enjoying the show." The Medical School students in the pathology course helped perform autopsies, studied microscope sections, compared them to the extensive pathology library slides and gross organs from jars, and then described them completely with an eye to general principles rather than isolated facts. It was a clerkship in pathology. Residents were to be independent investigators with descriptions and diagnoses presented weekly to the entire pathology staff. The case was discussed, and a summary was dictated by Forbus. For thirty years, weekly clinicopathological conferences were held, Thursday evenings, for the House Staff, always with full attendance. Some material has been separated and placed in the Restricted Series because it contained protected student information. Materials date from 1930 to 1962.


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