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June 17, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(24):1935-1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500510043009

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Medical men, noted for their broad sympathies, for their charity and for their magnanimity, are human nevertheless, and have human imperfections. It must be admitted that they sometimes misunderstand their colleagues and are misunderstood by them. From time to time we hear of conflicts arising, even among medical investigators; mutual misconceptions and erroneous interpretation lead occasionally to disturbances of harmony. Let us examine a little more carefully into the nature of some of these conflicts and ascertain, if we can, how they have arisen, whether or not their existence is justified, and what steps, if any, may be taken to bring about reconciliation.

Among the tendencies to conflict observable among medical investigators a rivalry may first be mentioned between workers in biology, physics and chemistry and investigators who believe that they employ other methods in their work; second, a struggle between non-medical scientists on the one hand and medical men

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