October 1956

Medical Research: A Midcentury Survey. Vol. I. American Medical Research: Its Principle and Practice. Vol. II. Unsolved Clinical Problems: In Biological Perspective.

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Price, $15 for set of 2 vol. Pp. 765, 740. Published for the American Foundation, by Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston 6, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(4):534-538. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250280136028

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"Medical Research: A Midcentury Survey" has had many notable reviews in many notable medical journals as well as in newspapers and journals for the layman. Medical research is the biological focal point of our age, and the obsession of some has become the confusion of many. In an era of the increasing specialization necessary for the advancement of learning we all become separated from those at work in neighboring fields. The bane of specialization is not the narrow confines of our individual lines of attack, but the nasty fact the supreme or even merely satisfactory competence in any specialty puts one at risk of basking in the illusion that such special understanding encompasses other fields or all fields. We have deified the winner of a quiz program and neglected the scholar; we look to the Oscar winner or the champion athlete for oracular words on the significance of the atomic

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