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In any line of scientific investigation it is profitable to pause from time to time to reëxamine concepts in the light of new experience. Quoting J. B. Conant1 freely, the value and significance of a conceptual scheme in science are not so much that it constitutes "a quest for certainty," but rather that it "breeds new experiments which in time generate new ideas." The fruitfulness of such an intellectual endeavor in medicine is, in addition, measured by its consequences in terms of the practical applications to which it leads, among which progress in therapy stands foremost.
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COURNAND A. A DISCUSSION OF THE CONCEPT OF CARDIAC FAILURE IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT PHYSIOLOGIC STUDIES IN MAN1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:649–663. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-4-649
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(4):649-663.
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