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November 1966

Techniques for Efficient Research.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(5):502-503. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290170090020

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Everyone knows the meaning of the term research but it has a different meaning to different people. To some it is to explore in unknown areas to see what happens—basic research. Others hope to confirm or to refute a particular notion. Often, merely a matter of refinement of techniques is called research wherein the researcher aims to push a decimal point another place or two to the left. Nonetheless, all agree that, at best, research uses the faculty of creativeness which is necessary in order to define or to discover.

It is desirable, I believe, to restate certain truisms which are involved in research. For example, the scientific method is taken as a vade mecum and we speak of it as if it were a talisman showing the right road. But this is not necessarily so. There are many philosophies of science. We speak of logic as if it were

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