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August 4, 1923

THE PROGRESS OF MEDICINEA PLEA FOR THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF THE CLINICIAN AND THE LABORATORY WORKER

JAMA. 1923;81(5):347-349. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650050001001
Abstract

Medical men the world over can be divided roughly into two groups: the majority have committed themselves to the care and treatment of the sick; the minority are engaged at research in some one of the sciences fundamental to practical medicine, devoting, very often of necessity, part of the time in teaching the principles of their science to our future practitioners. Although both groups are intensely interested in the progress of medicine, each group, curiously enough, views the work of the other either with a silent disregard or more often with disdain or openly expressed contempt. Forgetting that the best men in both groups are doing their utmost to contribute their share to the science of medicine, the clinician often ridicules the results of scientific investigation or the problem itself as devoid of practical significance; the laboratory worker in turn shows by attitude and speech his conviction that he alone

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