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April 20, 1963

MEDICAL NEWS

JAMA. 1963;184(3):45-64. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160003002

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Abstract

Use of biomathematical methods will cause sweeping changes in clinical practice and in basic health research, the president of the American Radium Society predicted April 1 in San Francisco.

Opening the 45th annual convention of his group, Dr. Gilbert H. Fletcher, head of the department of radiology at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas, said that the use of computer techniques would become a commonplace part of the average doctor's decisions on patient diagnosis and treatment.

"The impact of biometrics in medicine should change the attitude of mind of the clinician in his actual management of patients. In deciding what is best for the individual patient, the clinician should make his decision on a scientific basis. Unfortunate uncontroversial data to help him choose the best definitive therapy often do not exist. But he should be driven to find objective answers," Fletcher said.

"Computers are solving problems

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