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December 12, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(15):2102-2103. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010330064018

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IT IS gratifying to discover that sophistication in clinical investigation, which is almost synonymous with academic medicine, does not necessarily scorn the romantic. At least the emotional tropism that draws us to an institution or to an organization may be powerful enough to counteract any stigma of sentimentalism when one is assigned the honor of assembling the chronicles of such an organization, so that the present will not forget the past. In a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation (special issue, 38:1783-1878, Oct. [pt. 2] 1959), a special supplement edited by Ellen R. Brainard was devoted exclusively to a recounting of significant events in the formation, early days of struggle, and rapid development of a coterie of clinical investigators into a community of scholars known as the American Society for Clinical Investigation— the Young Turks.

The person responsible for the idea was Dr. Samuel J. Meltzer, Russian-born

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