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Book and Media Reviews
September 7, 2011

Medicine Science and Dreams: The Making of Physician-Scientists

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Clinical Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (derek.wheeler@cchmc.org).

JAMA. 2011;306(9):1002. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1268

The practice of medicine is constantly changing. The technologic and scientific advances made in the last decade have produced a fundamental change in the way in which physicians view even common diseases and disorders. Physicians may soon have the knowledge and tools to be able to carefully direct a personalized treatment approach based on an individual's underlying genetic makeup and environmental risk factors. Many of these advances were brought to the bedside by physician-scientists, ie, clinicians with specialized training who devote a substantial percentage of their professional effort to research in basic science, clinical and translational science, and health services and outcomes.

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