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September 20, 1965

One Problem in Medical Ethics

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Brattleboro, Vt

JAMA. 1965;193(12):1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090120070026

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To the Editor:—  Your editorial "Some Problems in Medical Ethics" (193:301, July 26, 1965) discusses the obligation of senior to junior scientists, a problem which must be faced by every investigator in all branches of science. The ethics of the matter are clear; the practice of those ethics, as in all human endeavor, varies as widely as do the moral characters of the individuals concerned.A senior investigator owes as much guidance and help to young individuals as he can reasonably spare. The senior investigator is a "doctor" in the true sense of the word, a teacher, and it is his obligation to train young scientists for the future. Without fulfilling that obligation, the future of science would be dim.Credit for research belongs to him who creates from his imagination a hypothesis and to him who tests that hypothesis in the laboratory or the clinic according to experimental

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