The publication in this issue of the Archives of a series of papers devoted to basic science investigations opens up for discussion a whole range of questions concerning medical education. The first that come to mind are simply: Is there any useful purpose served by publishing such detailed nonclinical studies? How can the clinician, the practicing internist, incorporate effectively these most up-to-date and frontier basic science data into his body of information since he is so long out of school? Is not a series of more fundamental review summaries necessary before the material included in this symposium becomes fully understandable to the average practicing internist? All of these questions were considered before we elected to proceed; perhaps a note of fuller amplification is in order.
Ideally, the clinical practice of medicine should be a process of careful and reasoned application of chemical, physical, physiologic, psychologic, and pharmacologic principles to the