MEDICINE today, unlike medicine of a quarter of a century ago, is solidly based upon the fundamental concepts of basic science. It is not surprising, therefore, that in addition to the profound debt which medicine owes to basic science as its cornerstone of effective clinical practice, departments of medicine here and abroad have in turn made substantial and noteworthy contributions to basic medical science. The rate of exchange between these 2 areas appears to be increasing by geometric proportions, and it is entirely possible that within a relatively short period of time the balance of contributions may indeed favor the clinical departments as a consequence of their tremendous resources of man power, financial support, and technical facilities. A survey of journals devoted to basic medical science reveals the large number of important contributions which are being made by members of departments of medicine who have returned after one or more
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