There is a growing illusion that scientific medicine can be advanced only by basic work in a laboratory. If that were true there would be no place for a clinical note or case report. On the other hand, problems which arise in a chemical labortory often have no connection with clinical medicine, or a connection may be perceived or emphasized only by those familiar with clinical medicine. The logical sequence is to go to the laboratory with questions arising from the problems presented by one or more patients. A virtue of the best of scientific medicine today is the easy mobility with which a person with ideas can move from the ward or office, where he sees a clinical puzzle, into the laboratory, where he may find tentative solutions or explanations. Then he goes back to the patient to see if his new ideas and
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