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September 15, 2015

Modern Biological Research, Medical Practice, and Human Knowledge

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;314(11):1133-1135. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10893

Over the past 9 months, culminating in this issue, JAMA has published a series titled Scientific Discovery and the Future of Medicine, containing Viewpoints highlighting some of the most remarkable recent advances in biological research.1-19

Why should the accomplishments of modern biology matter to practicing physicians and their patients? Perhaps the answer is obvious, but when a physician is in the midst of a busy day in practice, it can be hard to care. It is difficult enough to keep up with new knowledge that immediately affects practice. It is even more difficult to keep up with and appreciate advances in modern biology that may affect practice in the future. The series helps in appreciating what is happening.