In this address (which Varmus later shared with Senator Tom Harkin during discussions regarding expansion of the Office of
Alternative Medicine) Varmus wondered aloud at public perceptions of medical science as overly technologized, unresponsive
to "softer" human needs, rejecting of basic preventive measures such as diet and exercise, avoiding tobacco, etc.
He also wondered at the perception that there are "two cultures" in health care, and considered what physicians might
do to close the gap.
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Basic Science and Congressional Politics: NIH Director, 1993-1999
Letter from Harold Varmus to Senator Tom Harkin (October 10, 1997)