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October 4, 1965

Why Search and Research?

Author Affiliations

From the University of California Medical School, San Francisco.

JAMA. 1965;194(1):54-58. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090140062016

This discussion of why we should and do search and research may appear circuitous, but it is planned. Considering first the neurochemical factors underlying the urge to search, which contribute to the physiological basis of satisfaction, it will then survey the significance of purposes and goals and how verifiable knowledge makes long-range individual and social satisfactions possible. After a brief view of the interrelations of the sciences and the humanities, we may proceed to examine the changing goals of the health endeavor. With these perspectives of the organizational levels of living material and their importance, we can comment on the great potential the Institute for Biomedical Research holds for the American Medical Association, its members, and perhaps for all mankind. Quite an intellectual journey, it is true, but, with tolerance for lack of detail, perhaps a painless and rewarding one.

Neurochemical Factors in Search and Satisfaction  "Why research?" is a

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