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October 21, 1961

Radioisotopes in Industry Training Program

JAMA. 1961;178(3):356. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040420096038

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Statistics seem to show that approximately 100 out of every 100 nuclear medical specialists will die; therefore, a continuous new crop must be raised. The only way we know how to do this is through teaching. The medical schools at the present time teach only snatches. Of all medical subjects, nuclear medicine is a laboratory subject. Most of the understanding comes through the manipulation of laboratory data; diagnostic procedures are laboratory exercises. Laboratory exercises are not supplementary; they are preliminary to classroom teaching. If a picture is worth a thousand words in the Chinese literature, then the laboratory exercise is worth a thousand pictures in nuclear medicine. A laboratory guide is essential to students, and here the word "student" includes experts in pathology, internal medicine, and technology. Within highly restricted limitations flow of fluid is identical whether the fluid be blood or water or whether the pipes be steel or

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