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A Piece of My Mind
August 15, 2017

Climate Change: What Would Lincoln Do?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • 2Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2017;318(7):611. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6999

Twenty-five years as a physician-scientist have taught me a few things about science and scientists that help me when viewing the climate change debate. For example, some scientists really are, as frequently portrayed in the media, a bit eccentric. They are often curiosity-driven loners with an insatiable need to explore, to know. Scientists are skeptical of the scientific findings of others, and the best of them are equally distrustful of their own work. Most are truth seekers who know that their legacies will be determined by whether their discoveries withstand the test of time.