DURING THE PAST decade, there has been an increasing crescendo of concern regarding the dissemination of scientific medical knowledge as it relates to the utilization of this knowledge in patient care. This concern has been expressed by representatives of both the private and the public sectors of our society, medical schools and universities, foundations, professional organizations, the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, and the pharmaceutical, electronic, and mass communications industries. This concern has produced a variety of proposals for action to enable the medical profession to build a bridge through continuing education between accumulating medical knowledge and the medical practitioner's ability to use it in patient care.
And yet, in the midst of all this activity, there is a curious paradox. Stated explicitly, this paradox consists of the fact that although the full range of our national organizational, political, economic, and technological power has become associated in
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