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One cynic has defined "medical science" as any human activity supported by project grants from the National Institutes of Health. This definition may not be inaccurate. Almost any intellectual discipline and its data can be relevant to medical practice. Nevertheless, human biology is clearly the central science in the "core" of the medical sciences, and its content must dominate one's preparation for clinical medicine.
In this set of six volumes, of which the last four are reviewed here, the Bittars have assembled 88 review papers by eminent American, British, French, and Scandinavian authors. All of the aspects of human biology
The Biological Basis of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:459. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-3-459_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(3):459.
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