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The Vanishing Physician-Scientist?
Author: Andrew I. Schafer

ISBN: 9780801448454
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17 October 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75 x 3.3
Description:
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. Contributors: James M. Anderson, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at ...

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