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The Speyer School: Part I. Its History and Purpose: The Purpose of the Speyer School

by James E. Russell - 1902

I. THE PURPOSE OF THE SPEYER SCHOOL Professional training has for its aim the acquisition of the knowledge and skill required in professional service. The knowledge required relates to the ends to be attained, the nature of the materials to be worked upon, and the means and instruments to be employed; the required technical skill consists in the adaptation of the means to the given material and the use of the available instruments in such a way as to attain the desired ends. In the training of the lawyer the facts and principles of the law are matters of knowledge; the preparation of legal documents and court pleading imply technical skill. The medical student learns human anatomy and physiology, the normal functions of the human body, the variations engendered by injury, decay and disease, and the means which may be employed to restore health or alleviate suffering; he also acquires through practice in the dispensary, clinic and hospital the skill which converts the mere scholar into the licensed physician and surgeon. Knowledge alone cannot give professional standing; technical skill unless supported by superior knowledge and directed by a high moral purpose cannot render professional service.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 3 Number 5, 1902, p. 261-265
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9758, Date Accessed: 11/18/2019 2:12:13 AM

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