KARL T. COMPTON
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When I asked myself why I, a physicist, should be invited to address you, America's most distinguished body of physicians, I found an answer extending back over many centuries. For physics and medicine have been closely associated from their very beginnings. The words physics and physician both derive from the Greek root meaning "that which pertains to nature" as distinguished from the spiritual, mental and moral world. Webster's Dictionary gives two definitions of "physicist": first, one versed in medical science; second, one versed in natural science. In France I, as a physicist, would be called a physicien. In Germany I
COMPTON KT. POSSIBILITIES IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING1. Ann Intern Med. 1938;12:867–875. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-6-867
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