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June 1963

Disease and the Advancement of Basic Science

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(6):835-837. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620300155025

The idea of the "two cultures" deals with a schism which is real enough though artificial. It is fertilized by error and misconception. Division between clinical medicine and the sciences basic to medicine and the dividing line which separates the medical school faculty from the rest of the academic world are further divisions. To complete the picture the physician in practice feels hostility toward the professors occupying the ivory towers of our medical schools. A casual glance suggests that we are all enemies—or at least foreigners. Where there is so much smoke there must be fire in the embers. This fire, though to a large degree latent, may be fanned into flame. The times we live in are conducive to irritability, and for always and ever there have been enough irritations to go round. With the vectors pulling in different directions, and apart, it is encourageing to see an effort

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