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To the Editor:—
Sometime ago I wrote a brief editorial on the changing practice in surgical pathology. Recently John R. Herman, MD, indicated the need for departmental separation of clinical and research functions (JAMA191:1022 [March 22] 1965). Although I agree in general, it is important to be somewhat more critical in the definition of "clinical chief." Such an individual should be a competent clinician broadly interested in the application of proven basic investigative techniques to clinical disease. This means he should be laterally trained and a sort of general practitioner in basic research, interested in both biologic and physical sciences. He should develop a split personality in order to approach each patient as a sympathetic practitioner, or as a clinical scientist using investigative tools to study disease in a primate colony. Actually, we should support scientific basic investigation without additional cost to the patient. In contrast, basic research
Stein AA. The Clinical Chief. JAMA. 1965;192(6):576. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080190142044
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