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In the town of St. Andrews, Fife, there has been organized under the leadership of Sir James Mackenzie a group of physicians whose primary object is research. The cooperation of the general practitioners of this town of 10,000 people has been secured, and the hope is that by united, concentrated study of the commoner diseases, particularly in their earlier stages, more may be learned as to their earlier stages, their progress, the means of recognizing them, of foretelling their course and, so far as possible, preventing them. These workers are attempting to get some semblance of order out of the chaos of poorly understood symptoms. They are seeking for simplicity, for underlying principles that may help in diagnosis and prognosis. The emphasis in their work is on the clinical as contrasted with laboratory investigation. They are aiming "to restore clinical medicine to the van of research." The papers in this
Reports of St. Andrews Institute of Clinical Research, St. Andrews, Fife.. JAMA. 1922;79(11):914. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640110054027