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August 16, 1965

Responsibilities of the Basic Sciences to Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Physiological Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1965;193(7):587-588. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090070037011

This topic has been a matter of discussion ever since medical education dedicated itself to the goal of making the practice of medicine a scientific discipline based on the scientific principles of biology, chemistry, physics, etc. With the acceptance of this dedication, there has been continued discussion of the role of the basic sciences and there is very little more that I can say on this topic that has not already been said before by many medical educators. However, the basic issue persists, viz, that if medicine is to continue its dedication to becoming a scientific discipline it must be prepared to incorporate all scientific advances made in the basic areas of biology, chemistry, physics, etc, as they apply to man. The only reason that this topic is a recurrent one and appropriate for discussion at this time again is that the dedication of medicine to become a scientific discipline

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