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October 17, 2001

Medical Research in the 21st Century

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(15):1833-1835. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1833

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.