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October 1993

Biological Breakthroughs of Relevance to Continuing Education

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology The University of Kansas Medical Center School of Medicine 3901 Rainbow Blvd Kansas City, KS 66160-7314

Arch Neurol. 1993;50(10):1007. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540100008004

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To the Editor.  —The astonishing pace of advance in the neurological sciences presents the practicing neurologist with a painful problem. Not to "keep up" with current knowledge means facing the scorn of one's colleagues (and secretly, oneself) and, more disastrous, the possibility of doing a patient disservice with its attendant chance, always lurking in the shadows, of thereby engendering a malpractice suit.Meanwhile, the numbers of medical journals proliferate, the scientific language becomes more highly specialized and abstruse. There does not seem to be adequate time to remain current with all the new knowledge about, for example, the site of the dystrophin gene on the X chromosome and on the relationship of the human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1 to tropical spastic paraparesis.Fortunately, recent discoveries in human physiology point to light at the end of this tunnel. Three revolutionary "shortcuts" to acquisition of knowledge are available involving new

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