Without the clinician in the scientist, there can be little translation of scientific discoveries to benefit patients. In recent years, significant increases in medical research spending have not produced corresponding advances in new treatments or cures. Instead, laboratory discoveries remain in the “valley of death”, the gap between bench research and clinical application. The gap (cultural and linguistic) between the research scientist in the laboratory and the harried clinician managing demanding patients with complex health problems is getting wider. There are few scientists who truly understand clinical problems.
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