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April 3, 1937

The Aims and Methods of Medical Science: An Inaugural Lecture

JAMA. 1937;108(14):1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140066043

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This little brochure contains the lecture delivered by John A. Ryle on the occasion of his inauguration as regius professor of physic in the University of Cambridge. It is a scholarly discussion, with some criticism and some forecast of the ever present and ever important topic announced by the title. Professor Ryle is well aware of the value of research by specialists who devote all their time to the laboratory or ward. It is not surprising, however, that he who for many years has been in active practice in the hospital and the home should contend for the worth also of scientific observation by the one whose primary function is that of the practitioner. The ideas of the lecture are the same as those expressed in his larger publication, The Natural History of Disease, which was reviewed in The Journal Sept. 5, 1936.

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