Despite the astonishing achievements of the last thirty years in the study and solution of cardiovascular problems, we are still acting for the most part on obsolete principles of therapeutic initiative.
It is doubtless impossible to maintain the ideal balance and relationship between research on the one hand, and diagnosis, prophylaxis, therapy and prognosis on the other. Unscientific pseudodiscoveries are promptly inflated, widely heralded and too often hastily adopted, whereas important isolated truths may lack general acceptance because of their publication in journals inaccessible to the great body of our profession and the less fervid propaganda of the scientific investigator who is often too deeply immersed in the individual problem to devote either time or attention to its possible points of contact and articulation. Frequent, periodic, systematic and authoritative reporting of the discoveries of modern medicine with well-considered suggestions as to their application to diagnosis, therapy and the prevention of
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