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December 27, 1965

VI. Summary Remarks

Author Affiliations

From the Cornell University Medical College, New York.

JAMA. 1965;194(13):1374-1375. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090260034010

Dr. Dubos has outlined for us what he perceives as the emerging medical problems, or health issues as he prefers to call them, of our times. He has indicated that our conventional research attitudes and approaches must undergo substantial modification if biomedical research is to be helpful in meeting certain of these more important problems. And he has expressed the deep conviction that to accomplish the difficult task of inventing these new approaches, these new departures in research, will require a considerable increase in the sense of social awareness of the research scientist.

Why should new departures in biomedical research be such an urgent need today? Have our medical-research workers been antisocial in the past? Have they concentrated too much on biologic esoterica?

On the contrary, it is precisely the magnificent biologic effort of the past four decades that has put the decisiveness into today's medicine. And it is this

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