Galworthy observed, "The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and eminently, the finish of a voyage." If the articles in this series, "Bridging the Laboratory and Clinic," merely stopped, with a whimper instead of a bang (albeit a small bang), it would be unfair to you, the reader, and to those individuals who have commented, usually in the dark corner of a bar at meetings, kindly on this series.
As I bring this series of articles to a completion, and not a demolition, I am forced to ponder on the original goals of these articles; whether those goals were indeed appropriate; whether those goals have been reached because of, in spite of, or independent of these articles; and whether and how the world of the clinic and laboratory has evolved since the
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