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July 15, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(3):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740280032016

The rapid progress that clinical medicine has experienced in recent years has been accelerated by the labors of scores of scientific laboratories. Sir F. G. Hopkins, distinguished president of the Royal Society of London, once remarked1 that experience at the bedside and the habit of close observation are essential for the making of a successful physician. These and these alone can qualify him for the application of knowledge to the relief of human suffering; but history shows that knowledge itself grew slowly when bedside observations were its chief source. This is, perhaps, only another way of saying that the physician on whom the task of medical leadership falls needs certain types of cooperation outside the clinic to enable him to attain his highest aims most effectively.

It has been said that in the wild-goose chase for remedies in the past the result was generally negative and the physician had