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It is no secret that one of the weaker links in the present-day practice of medicine is the proper utilization of therapeutic agents now available to the physician. It is also apparent that our brightest hope for combating disease lies in the development of new therapeutic tools for its treatment. Unfortunately, as stated elsewhere in this issue (p 454), there are serious problems which must be understood and solved before development in therapeutic research can proceed at the same rate as other fields in medicine. There are many reasons for difficulties encountered, such as an undeserved but unfortunate lack of prestige in the eyes of medical school faculties, which, in turn, has led to a failure of these self-same individuals to lend support to a program of therapeutic research through funds from the National Institutes of Health. This, in turn, has led to a shortage of trained investigators for therapeutic
Friend DG. THERAPEUTIC RESEARCH AND THE NEED FOR A NEW LOOK. JAMA. 1967;200(6):547–549. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120190173031
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