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How medical know-how progresses

  • Nelson, Richard R.
  • Buterbaugh, Kristin
  • Perl, Marcel
  • Gelijns, Annetine
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    The conventional wisdom regarding the source of progress in medical practice highlights the role of basic scientific research into the nature of disease pathologies. This perspective neglects the important role of two other sources of progress in medicine. One is the advance of technologies that have enabled the development of new modalities of treatment and diagnosis. The other is learning in clinical practice. In many cases the advance of treatment has involved the interaction of all three of these pathways to progress.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research Policy.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 10 ()
    Pages: 1339-1344

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:40:y:2011:i:10:p:1339-1344
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