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December 1969

Developmental Biology

Author Affiliations

Stanford, Calif
From the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(6):836-846. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040838006

I WAS asked to discuss developmental biology with the stipulation that I predict the potential future contributions of this field to human development and pediatrics. In considering this task, I was struck by not only its enormity, but also my assignment necessitated the scaling of the barriers between disciplines.

As a clinician and a biochemist I have dabbled in a number of areas and have been associated with a number of groups which lack the ability to communicate with one another. In part, this is a result of a language barrier, and in part it is a consequence of circumstances leading to the self-imposed sanctity of various fields. It is this kind of bridging problem with which I am faced today. In some way, I have assumed the nonenviable position—or, rather, Dr. Diamond has placed me in the nonenviable position—of a man with sight in the old Hindu tale