ICC Column

Editorial Director’s Foreword

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What is the core value of clinical service and medical research? It follows the most important rule that “patients come first.” And what on earth drives our aim and scope at Journal of Thoracic Disease (JTD)? It is the passion for patient benefits. Unfortunately, the increasingly extreme commercialization of medicine over the past 50 years in many countries has eroded physician-patient relationships and undermined the patients’ rights to health care in favor of financial gain for the medical industry.