[caduceus-l] History of phrase "bench to bedside"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Dec 22 22:04:46 UTC 2013

 From the caduceus-l list.  Can ADS-L find "bench to bedside" earlier
than, or with some context before, the 1966 and 1974 quotations below
(which are article titles)?


At 12/20/2013 02:16 PM, Pamela Sieving wrote:
>Good afternoon,
>I'm on the trail of the origin of the phrase "bench to
>bedside."  The NIH Library (not the NLM!) has limited resources in
>history of medicine and, for that matter, general reference resources.
>Using Web of Science, I've identified a 1966 article in BioScience
>with the phrase in the title (R. Gordon:  From Bench to Bedside: the
>biologist in drug development. v16(10):683-7) but the phrase isn't
>discussed or attributed in the article itself.  The earliest I can
>find through PubMed is a 1974 NEJM eidtorial, but the title is not
>quite the same as the phrase itself ("The real gap between bench and bedside.")
>I've looked through our limited collection of medical phrase
>dictionaries, searched Google Scholar and the EBSCO History of
>Science, Technology and Medicine index, and <http://embase.com>embase.com.
>It's the holiday season, so I'm certainly not asking anyone to take
>on research on my behalf, but if you happen to have knowledge or a
>lead, I'd be grateful.
>Best wishes,
>Pam Sieving
>Pamela C. Sieving, MA, MS, AHIP
>Biomedical Librarian/Informationist
>National Institutes of Health Library
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