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Criticism of Physiologic Research
Lord Moynihan's criticism of physiologists, in his recent address at the opening of the Banting Institute in Toronto, has started a controversy. He complained that physiologists were neglecting research on man ("hominal research") and were concerned too much with research on animals; that their aloofness from medicine was increasing year by year, and that their discoveries were becoming of less use to the clinician. He singled out for particular criticism the report of the medical research council, in which is asked the question Is there a science of experimental medicine of which the actual material for study is the human patient or is scientific work by the physician or surgeon limited to the application in his art of scientific results worked out elsewhere in the laboratory and delivered to him for use? He characterized as amusing the assumption, inherent in the question, that ready-made weapons are
LONDON. JAMA. 1931;96(3):203–204. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720290047018