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July 25, 1959


JAMA. 1959;170(13):1553. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010130057016

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The rapid evolution of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques is an obvious result of the ever-increasing rate of scientific research. Less obvious is the fact that some fundamentals of medical science are being transformed by the accumulation of biochemical knowledge, thus making understandable some previously incomprehensible biological phenomena. As long as 28 years ago, in an editorial, The Journal stated:

"Physiologic chemistry—or biochemistry, as it has been commonly designated more recently—has long since come of age. The subject has become an important and integral part of the study of medicine and the practice of the art. The special technic of biochemistry has been introduced into clinical diagnosis to such an extent that it competes in prominence with physical procedures and with bacteriologic and immunologic methods of examination and research."

In more recent years biochemistry has developed an importance which predicts that medical science in the future will be taught and

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