0
We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
ARTICLE |

CREDIT FOR DISCOVERY

JAMA. 1965;194(9):1006. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090220062018.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Disputes about priority, usually sordid, occur with distressing frequency throughout the history of science. A classic example relates to the discovery of surgical anesthesia, a subject which still, unaccountably, attracts a few vociferous propagandists. And this despite Osler's dictum, which should have stilled that controversy: "... in science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs."1 This pragmatic and sensible opinion is relevant to most discussions about priority.

Nevertheless, it is not surprising that disputes arise. Society favors modesty over its antithesis, yet originality—with its concrete representation in the form of priority—is a prized attribute of the investigator. Merton2 discusses this ambivalence of scientists toward priority; as he points out, to insist on one's originality by claiming priority is not humble, and to humbly dismiss one's priority by ignoring it does not affirm the value of originality.

Topics

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

Letters

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();