Wanted: To head clinical department at large medical school. Man in his thirties who has made significant research contributions in his field and has had wide clinical and surgical experiences. To teach, run an active in-patient department, and to publish papers several times a year."
Obviously exaggerated, but this search, varied only slightly from place to place, is being carried out all over the United States and in many other countries. Leaving aside the factors of age and the time needed for clinical experience, in these days of tremendous advances in scientific methodology, it is almost impossible for the clinician to be a laboratory man as well. Generally the lab man wants to be a full-time research man and has neither the time nor desire to do clinical work.
Medical schools and university hospitals attached to the schools are of tremendous importance to the future of medicine. The prime goals