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Of what lasting benefit has been mans use of science and of the new instruments which his research brought into existence First they have increased his control of his material environment They have improved his food his clothing his shelter they have increased his security and released him partly from the bondage of bare existence They have given him increased knowledge of his own biological processes so that he has had a progressive freedom from disease and an increased span of life They are illuminating the interactions of his physiological and psychological functions giving the promise of an improved mental health Science has provided the swiftest communication between individuals it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual There is a growing mountain of research But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers - conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp much less to remember as they appear Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial Professionally our methods of transmitting and reviewing the results of research are generations old and by now are totally inadequate for their purpose If the aggregate time spent in writing scholarly works and in reading them could be evaluated the ratio between these amounts of time might well be startling Those who conscientiously attempt to keep abreast of current thought even in restricted fields by close and continuous reading might well shy away from an examination calculated to show how much of the previous months efforts could be produced on call Mendels concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world
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