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August 26, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(9):862. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800340132015

Actual reports of conferences by members of the departments of pharmacology and medicine of Cornell University Medical College and the New York Hospital, in collaboration with other departments, have appeared in The Journal since December 1938.1 Many pharmacologists and members of other departments of medical schools as well as practicing physicians have expressed their belief that these conferences on therapy are most helpful for a proper understanding of pharmacology and for its integration in the medical curriculum. There is practically no liaison of pharmacology with other clinical departments in the medical school with the exception of medicine. It is desirable for all clinical departments to promote a better understanding of such essential subjects as toxicology and biologic, chemical and clinical assays.

Evaluation of the use of drugs in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease is difficult and the application of therapeutic measures is an individual matter requiring judgment