I was surprised that Ricki Lewis, the author of the article “A New Symbiosis For M.D.'s and Scientists“ (The Scientist, June 22, 1992, page 1), singled out molecular biology as a scientific discipline in which physicians are interested. Microbiology, biochemistry, and immunology—to name but a few disciplines—have had and continue to have considerable impact on the care of the sick and the health of weil persons.
The list of scientists involved in medicine is long; the list of physicians contributing to the sciences may be even longer. The article overlooks the many scientists who dedicate their effort to the care of patients by perfonning the diagnostic tasks so essential to the practice of modern medicine.
Cooperation and collaboration in this arena are not new. Molecular biology may emphasize this interdependence now, but it does not constitute a departure from extant practices; rather, it is a reaffirmation of them.