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November 21, 1977

Can Medicine and the Sciences Be Unified?

JAMA. 1977;238(21):2306. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280220074032

Irvine Page, MD, has made a strong and convincing plea for ecumenism in medicine and science.1 He has voiced a concern that most physicians share: that government control of medicine and science will lead to a decline in the quality and the slowing of the progress in these fields of endeavor. Page declares that if the scientific community will unite, will not permit petty self-interests to divide it, and will speak with one voice, then it can deal with the political pressures that now are eroding away its power base and self-determination.

Unfortunately each field of science seems to have its own