Editorial: European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine
  • John Kellett
    Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, Thunder Bay, Ontario


Modern medicine began in the last half of the nineteenth century when doctors started practising the scientific method at the bedside. However, in his presidential address to the Association of American Physicians in 1979 James Wyngaarden postulated that the clinical scientist was an endangered species. Several reasons for this have been suggested, including “the seductive incomes that now derive from procedure-based specialty medicine”. Others have suggested that it is simply because the things left to be discovered at bedside have become exhausted, and that all the big medical advances will now be made by high-powered institutions.



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  • Kellett, J. Case reports — EJIM's new policy. Eur J Intern Med 2008; 19: 389
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    Published: 2014-02-03
    Issue: Vol. 1 (2014) (view)

    How to cite:
    Kellett J. Editorial: European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine. EJCRIM 2014;1 doi:10.12890/2014_000100.