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January 6, 1999

Surgical Research: Surgical Research: Basic Principles and Clinical Practice

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jama.281.1.87-JBK0106-2-1

Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.—Benjamin Jowett

This provocative quotation is found atop a chapter entitled "The Historical Evolution of Clinical Research," in the newest addition to the library of the surgical scientist, Surgical Research: Basic Principles and Clinical Practice. I was both flattered and apprehensive when I received the request to review this work. My concerns quickly melted away as I began to thoroughly enjoy the concise, fast-paced yet information-packed chapters. In the end, my only real criticism of this important work is that the title may not capture its true contents.