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This issue represents a first venture for the Archives into a different type of medical education. We wish to learn whether a journal traditionally focused upon problems of patient care can successfully consider in detail the investigative efforts of the basic science laboratories. Alexander Gutman, MD, in the American Journal of Medicine was the first to devote a single issue of a clinical journal to one topic which included articles ranging from basic science reviews to detailed interpretations of the pathophysiology of clinical syndromes. As a variation of that editorial technique, this first Archives symposium emphasizes somewhat more the contributions from the basic science laboratories. It is our notion that if the clinician has the "frontier" material right at hand, it may be easier for him to study it. Furthermore, if the basic scientist observes that the clinician is interested in providing a forum for the basic science message, more
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