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February 2, 1952


Author Affiliations

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

JAMA. 1952;148(5):329-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930050001001

The practice of medicine is one of the fields of human endeavor most markedly modified from time to time by the progress in basic sciences. Revolutionary changes in medicine were brought about by the development of bacteriology and sanitary engineering. That revolution preceded the active careers of the present generation of physicians; but we of this generation have witnessed and participated in a great change produced by the development of chemotherapy and the antibiotic drugs. The net results of accumulated scientific gains have been a much greater effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of acute infectious disease, and a considerable lengthening of the average span of life, with a change in the types of distress and disability for which medical aid is sought. The physician's practice, whether general or specialized, has come to include a larger and larger proportion of more chronic illness. Bit by bit, radical advances are being

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