Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Nathan and colleagues1 set a generally exuberant tone for the JAMA issue
devoted to opportunities for medical research in the 21st century. They noted
that "biomedical science . . . promises almost unlimited opportunity for the
betterment of mankind." Most of the issue continues in this vein, with optimism
for the development of ever more powerful medical science, well into the 21st
century. Some counterpoint to this generally ebullient tone is provided in
the global and public health perspectives of Dr Michaud and colleagues2 and Drs Goldenberg and Jobe3
in the same issue, but a further cautionary note may be warranted.
Gessert C. Medical Research in the 21st Century. JAMA. 2001;286(15):1833–1835. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1833
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