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Civilization is a cumulative activity. The mastery over nature which has enabled man to inherit the earth is an accumulation of experience and discovery set in order and developed by reason. As the accumulation goes on, it calls for increasingly minute division of labor both in investigation and discovery, and in systematizing and developing what has been discovered. The result is an extreme specialization of learning. It is no longer possible for any one to take all knowledge for his province even in his own field. He can only master his corner of it. Each minutely specialized discipline goes its
POUND R. FOREWORD. Ann Intern Med. 1943;18:449. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-18-4-449
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