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May 2, 1908


Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Biologic Chemistry, Harvard Medical School, and Chemist to the McLean Hospital, Waverley, Mass. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1908;L(18):1391-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310440001001

I.  This subject is not a purely scientific one. I shall have something to say about problems, more specifically about biochemical problems related to medicine; but a discussion of "Chemical Problems in Hospital Practice" necessarily also implies a consideration of the conditions which obtain or which might obtain for biochemical research in hospitals.The first question asked in connection with any scientific problem naturally is, Is it a practical one? Is it a problem which offers a reasonable prospect of yielding tangible positive or negative results? Clearly, the experience and judgment with which the free and unhampered investigator answers this preliminary question determines, in no small degree, his success in research. In no other branch of experimental science does keen discrimination in this respect meet with greater rewards than in biologic chemistry, and in no other science probably is the lack of this discrimination more frequently encountered.It is not

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