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May 31, 1941

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;116(22):2543-2552. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820220085026

Opportunities for Surgeons in Medical Research  WARREN H. COLE, M.D.CHICAGOThe most important opportunity, which, indeed, I would call an obligation and privilege, of the Society of University Surgeons is the participation in surgical research by its individual members. But first let me emphasize that I do not imply that every member must do research. It is well that our membership includes a variety of surgeons. Though surgeons have contributed much they have perhaps the rare and shameful distinction of having hardly a single society organized for the primary purpose of scientific investigation. The internists have two or three societies designed almost solely for the purpose of research; one of them, the Central Society for Clinical Research, benevolently maintains a small quota of their membership for surgeons. All of us are aware of the necessity for research in the progress of surgery. Since the membership of the society contains

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