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November 16, 1970

Basic Science: Medical Practice

JAMA. 1970;214(7):1317. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180070081013

Tosteson,1 in his address before the AAMC Council of Academic Societies last year, approached the problem of organization of the basic medical sciences by demonstrating the relevance of basic science to medical practice. At the outset, he explored the attitudes of the various communities involved in or affected by medical education. The general public, he noted, is disenchanted with medical science because of inadequacies of health care delivery and the failure of research resources to yield more "cures" for the dollars spent. The latter concern has also been reflected in the changing attitude of the federal government where programs of applied research are coming to seem more desirable than those of fundamental research. Meanwhile, physicians practicing medicine outside university walls often take a negative view of support for basic science. Within the institutions responsible for medical education, reactions of administrators, faculty members, and students, although differing in many respects,