The Scientific Worker in State Service


    THE not wholly admirable human instinct for individual self-preservation has given to the technical expert in medicine and surgery an impressively high status in the community. A corresponding instinct for communal self-preservation has combined with still less admirable instincts to maintain a high status for the technical expert in the warlike arts. It is significant of the haphazard organisation of the human community that these emergency experts, concerned with the pathological processes of individual or political life, should hold a status not generally accorded to those technical experts who devote their not inferior knowledge and skill to the daily ‘non-pathological processes’ of a modern civilisation.

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    The Scientific Worker in State Service. Nature 127, 769–771 (1931).

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