CHARLES A. DOAN
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Clinical research may be said to represent the reconnaisance or intelligence arm of the medical profession. It is the most arduous, most hazardous (to reputation, if not to life), the slowest and most uncertain as to reward, and the most exacting of all scientific disciplines, bar none. It demands the highest integrity of its devotees, implying exact observation accurately reported. It involves an appreciation of the fact that any immediate interpretation of any isolated phenomenon is likely to be in error; and furthermore, that the facts so carefully and laboriously gathered and meticulously analyzed often serve others better as stepping
DOAN CA. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CLINICAL RESEARCH1. Ann Intern Med. 1940;14:1089–1091. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-6-1089
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(6):1089-1091.
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