An American Medical Association Perspective
Sona Kalousdian, MD, MPH;
Andrea L. Schneider;
Jerod M. Loeb, PhD
Arch Fam Med. 1992;1(2):291-295.
The contemporary practice of medicine depends on the use of a wide array of technologies that did not exist 40 years ago. An exponential increase in our scientific knowledge base, and the subsequent application of this new information to clinical practice, have dramatically extended longevity, enhanced the quality of life, and improved the overall health status of the American public. Clinical medicine has become "a set of technologies for diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation."1
From the Department of Technology Assessment (Dr Kalousdian and Ms Schneider) and Group Office, Group on Science and Public Health (Dr Loeb), American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.
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