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Castle: Right Man, Time, and Place

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Annals of Internal Medicine; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(6):1003-1004. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-6-1003
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The main business of medical schools is to prepare their students to care for the ill. But if that care is to be effective, it must have a scientifically valid basis. Building that scientific base is the second, but not minor, business of medical schools. This must be understood by legislators and others who finance medical education. But they must not think that medical science is to be supported solely with the expectation that solutions for human ills will steadily flow from the laboratories each year. What does this have to do with William B. Castle, whose work on pernicious


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