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June 29, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(26):2552-2554. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260038010

In most universities and research institutes major emphasis has been placed in recent years on basic research, which is pursued without thought of immediate practical value to man or to society. Frequently research in the fundamental medical sciences of physiology, anatomy, chemistry, biology and pathology has been enveloped in an atmosphere of profound obscurity. The material studied and the reports are expressed in terminology or in intricate mathematical formulas which make comprehension difficult. So much emphasis has been placed, in fact, on the quality of research in the laboratory as compared with research in the clinic and at the bedside that many a clinician has hesitated to express his opinions or his conclusions in relationship to the diagnosis and treatment of disease without having first devoted some thought and consideration to research on frogs, rats, dogs, rabbits or guinea-pigs. The results obtained in studies made on animals in the laboratory

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