KENNETH L. MELMON, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HOWARD F. MORRELLI, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Studies on the prescription habits of physicians have aroused worldwide concern about therapeutics as a major scientific and educational problem (1-5). The WHO Technical Report, "Clinical Pharmacology: Scope, Organization, Training" (6), sounds the alarm: patients in the 1970's are in a hazardous position because of the development of many new drugs that are poorly prescribed and because of the "galloping consumption" of drugs by the public. What should be done? The WHO report indicates that clinical pharmacologists may provide the answer and inquires why clinical pharmacologists are unavailable, despite the fiat provided by preferential funding and general acceptance by academic
MELMON KL, MORRELLI HF. Who Wants Clinical Pharmacology!?. Ann Intern Med. ;74:291–292. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-2-291
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(2):291-292.
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