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March 15, 1947

Medical Research: A Symposium

JAMA. 1947;133(11):809. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880110075038

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The book opens with a classically beautiful essay by Torald Sollmann, in the style of Claude Bernard, on the fundamentals of medical research. After discussing training, materials, supplies and the like he comes to motives and objectives. Research is seen either as pioneering and adventurous, with "plenty of fun and disappointments," in which a ten-strike is the goal; or, as developmental, an engineering problem, comprising long and carefully planned work. The latter type lacks some of the romance of the former but is more certain to return a yield, even though it be a gleaner's. The systematic and meticulous are most happy with this type, the dreamers of heights with the first. Fortunately, however, men are not simply made, and even "classicists have some of the gipsy in them." Cooperative research, which is at times "a method of production rather than of discovery," is of little use to the pioneer

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