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November 8, 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Experimental Medicine, Mayo Foundation.

JAMA. 1941;117(19):1577-1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820450001001

It is an essential but almost impossible task for the physician to keep himself sufficiently informed concerning the discoveries in the several sciences that are included in the science of medicine to use intelligently the practical results of these discoveries in his clinical work. From the biologic, chemical and physical laboratories in addition to the research clinic and bedside of the patient there issues a flood of discoveries which is almost overwhelming. If the physician is to render to his patient of today the benefit of the discovery of yesterday, the new accretions to the knowledge and practice of medicine must be evaluated, organized and assimilated within the background of his previous training and experiences. His ability to apply the results of the investigations in the various fields of medicine will depend on his knowledge of the fundamental sciences and the advances made in them as well as on his

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