July 01, 1955

Needed Research in Health and Medical Care.

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By Cecil G. Sheps, M.D., and Eugene H. Taylor, M.D. Price, $5.00. Pp. 216, with 4 illustrations. University of North Carolina Press, Box 510, Chapel Hill, N. C., 1954.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(1):133. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.04430010147013

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A phenomenon of contemporary book publishing in this country is the appearance of stenotype reports of conferences, symposia, and colloquia. These are intended to give a view of the status quo and a preview of things to come. Their main usefulness has been in presenting an open discussion by workers in fast-moving technical fields. The book under consideration here indicates that such an approach is much less valuable when it attempts to forecast the direction which will be taken by the interdisciplinary approach to the less rigidly circumscribed fields of social sciences as they relate to medicine. The main difficulty for a novice in evaluating the usefulness of such an approach is difficulty in terminology. It is reasonable to hope that the intense interest and present confusion indicates darkness before the dawn and that out of this chaos will come a useful discipline encompassing many specialties. If the use of

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