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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: The current and potential advances in biomedical science outlined in the February 7, 2001, issue of JAMA make practicing medicine today even more exciting than when I entered medical school 40 years ago.

However, there is a missing ingredient that limits what these innovations could achieve. Absent from the discussion is recognition of the performance gap that exists between new knowledge and its application in everyday medicine.

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