Scientific Method and Scientific Attitude

Jerome M. Schneck, MD
JAMA. 1966;195(8):700. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080140052.
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To the Editor:—  Two statements especially attracted my attention in the editorial, "Medicine And The Behavioral Sciences" (194:1242, 1965). The first is, "The student who engages in research may learn the almost mystical `scientific method.' " The second is, "... experimental science is not the only field in which `scientific method' can be learned, nor is it even necessarily the best." I cannot be sure whether the author's use of quotation marks indicates his skepticism about the term "scientific method" or whether the intention is simply to emphasize it. It is possible that he may share my opinion which I may state as one of doubt about the existence of a "scientific method."I should be more inclined to think in terms of "scientific attitude." This may be defined in many ways, and one suitable description may be an attitude of curiosity about new facts and phenomena and their interrelationships. A


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