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June 6, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(23):1748-1749. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660490040015

In his presidential address before the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons at Washington last month, William J. Mayo1 paid fitting tribute to the outstanding contributions of the pure sciences to the progress of medicine. The theme warrants reiteration, particularly at those periods when there is impatience at the rate of advancement and discovery in fields of scientific endeavor from which medicine has been accustomed to reap a harvest. Some have, indeed, expressed concern lest current devotion to pure science shall deprive medicine of the wisdom to gage the practical value of new knowledge and apply it carefully, which is the outstanding characteristic of a successful clinician. Dr. Mayo has taken his audience into what may previously have seemed to some as extreme byways rather than the commonly frequented paths of scientific achievement and endeavor; yet even the most hidden recesses are shown now and then to reveal something