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Subject:  Re: What is to be gained........? Date:  4/26/2007  7:13 PM
Author:  mauser96 Number:  30815 of 95410

That's a nice point about academic medicine which in many ways is like the rest of acedemia. Publish or perish, and to publish you need grants. To get grants, it helps a lot to be in what is perceived as a "hot" field. There's only so much money to go around, what goes into cell based cancer immunotherapy will in part be siphoned away from chemo research.
The perspective of the doctor in the trenches is different, he just wants to find some tool that he can use to help his patients. Most practicing doctors are conservative, they would prefer something where they have experience, and don't face a new learning curve. Therefore it takes new technologies a while to reach mass market, but eventually they come on board. The process isn't that much different than the technology adoption life cycle seen in other fields.
The above comments are in no way meant to be criticism of academic MDs. I've worked with them in the past, sometimes co authored papers, and have found them to be the brightest and most dedicated group of people I've ever worked with. But they do have their own set of priorites that are necessary to their milieu.
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