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“Without research, there is no hope”

Mary JC Hendrix
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (11): 594-595.
Published online: 6 December 2004

Medical researchers have a moral responsibility to communicate their findings to the public

There is no greater commitment than a government’s investment in the healthcare of its citizens. If we, as medical researchers and practitioners, are to preserve public trust and support for our scientific enterprise, we need to pay more attention to translating the benefits and grandeur of science into the common language of the general community.1 Although educators and journalists also communicate the achievements of medical science, doctors and scientists have a greater responsibility to increase the availability and salience of science to the public. I believe we can move further towards realising this goal by keeping several key questions in our minds.

  • Mary JC Hendrix

  • Children’s Memorial Research Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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