April 18, 1942

The Furtherance of Medical Research

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By Alan Gregg, M.D., Director for the Medical Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, New York. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 129. New Haven: Yale University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1941.

JAMA. 1942;118(16):1419. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830160079030

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This is the eighteenth in the series of the Terry Lectures. It records the development and importance of modern medical research. Gregg emphasizes the importance of selecting the proper persons for research. The investigator should be in a university environment where he is at least tolerated if not appreciated and where he has easy and informal access to the minds of colleagues, where he may have the opportunity to develop disciples and to sharpen his mind. The medical scientist needs association and assistance from a wide range of sciences. "Medical research bears obviously close relation to research of many kinds. As the physiology of today may become the clinical knowledge of tomorrow, so the discoveries of physics and chemistry of today may become an intimate element in the physiology of tomorrow." This should convey to the student who plans to enter medicine the importance of the preclinical sciences, the significance

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