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In contemporary medical research, status often depends on how "basic" is the science used as an adjunct to "clinical investigation." Although long accustomed to a position at the bottom of the "basic" hierarchy, investigators who do clinical work may now find room at the top. Clinicians can now use a science so basic and so recondite that biophysics, biochemistry, and other clinically abstruse disciplines of laboratory research become merely crass, practical applications. The really "basic" science for clinicians is modern mathematics.
Within the past few years, the relatively new mathematical subjects of set theory, symbolic logic, and Boolean algebra have
A Modern Algebra for Biologists.. Ann Intern Med. ;61:596–597. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-3-596
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(3):596-597.
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