Throughout history, physicians have played a vital role in
medical discovery. These physician-scientists devote the majority
of their professional effort to seeking new knowledge about health
and disease through research and represent the entire continuum of
biomedical investigation. They bring a unique perspective to their
work and often base their scientific questions on the experience of
caring for patients. Physician-scientists also effectively
communicate between researchers in the "pure sciences" and
practicing health care providers. Yet there has been growing
concern in recent decades that, due to complex changes,
physician-scientists are vanishing from the scene.
In this book, leading physician-scientists and academic
physicians examine the problem from a variety of perspectives:
historical, demographic, scientific, cultural, sociological, and
economic. They make valuable recommendations that-if heeded-should
preserve and revitalize the community of physician-scientists as
the profession continues to evolve and boundaries between doctors
and researchers shift.
Subjects: Health Sciences
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