The ongoing revolution in biomedical science is of an unprecedented
magnitude, is accelerating dramatically, and promises almost unlimited opportunity
for the betterment of humankind. It is the nature of this revolution and the
promise for its impact on health that is the focus of this issue of THE JOURNAL—namely,
to survey the current state of development of several critical areas of biomedical
science and to project the potential application of these developments for
the relief of suffering and disability, and for reducing mortality. The underlying
goal is to forecast major advances in medical research likely to occur in
the first quarter of the 21st century that will contribute significantly to
the prevention, treatment, and eradication of disease.
Nathan DG, Fontanarosa PB, Wilson JD. Opportunities for Medical Research in the 21st Century. JAMA. 2001;285(5):533–534. doi:10.1001/jama.285.5.533
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