July 7, 1975

Health in the Developing World

Author Affiliations

Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation La Jolla, Calif

JAMA. 1975;233(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260010024011

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Ekwo and I appear to agree that social development has lagged too far behind scientific progress. Scientific progress is, of course, an integral aspect of social development, and precisely for this reason, science must be responsive to the needs of society. One may accept that science leads society in a forward movement, but scientific progress cannot gallop too far ahead of social development, for when this occurs, the relevance of science to society is lost. Science is then isolated, functioning within a vacuum.