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[Comment] Should basic science matter to clinicians?

We have observed declining interest in discovery science by our medical colleagues. Across a range of top medical journals, the number of basic science articles decreased by 40–60% from 1994 to 2013,1 while a major North American university recorded a 60% decrease in clinician-investigator trainees pursuing basic science training between 1987 and 2016.2 The decline of basic science research in the medical literature and a disregard for it in continuing education programmes3 are allowing mastery of science to be lost by practising clinicians.