Therapeutics was frequently assigned a role of secondary importance in traditional medical education. A casual attitude toward pharmacologic aspects of practice may have been understandable a generation or two ago when effective therapeutic agents were few in number. However, because of the introduction of new, powerful drugs, today's clinician must be certain that his administration of these agents is both specific and precise. Ever-more-potent agents are associated with more potential side effects, and even established drugs must be given with the utmost precision. Indeed, Moyer notes that every good medical therapist must become an investigator to treat his patients.1
Regrettably, one of the weaker links in the current practice of medicine is the proper utilization of therapeutic agents now available to the physician.2 A new department, THERAPEUTIC GRAND ROUNDS, is inaugurated in this issue of The Journal (p 865) to provide greater emphasis on recent advances in therapy.