SEYMOUR M. GLICK, M.D.
To the editor: The article by Friedman and Pozen (1) and the accompanying editorial (2) examine carefully the accomplishments and problems of sections of general internal medicine. Various reasons are cited for the relatively poor performance of these sections in research, and remedial programs are suggested.
I suggest for consideration another possibility that may well be the fundamental issue and one that is dealt with tangentially, if at all, in the two papers. The nature of good research generally requires focusing on a relatively circumscribed subject. Such research is easier the more one narrows the area of interest and probes
GLICK SM. Academic Viability of General Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;104:441. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-3-441_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(3):441.
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