Comment on the Round Table Discussion on Theoretical Models Related to Urolithiasis

  • B. Finlayson
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It is a sign of the times that a Round Table on theoretical models appears on the program of this international urolithiasis research meeting. Fields of research in clinical medicine, pure science and engineering can interpenetrate each other more deeply and lead to new and more precise therapeutic strategies. The body of urolithiasis research has matured sufficiently that there is some utility in considering stone formation models, though these models now seem somewhat abstract. Such is the nature of models. They are mathematical missiles manufactured and aimed at a specific problem; only test firings reveal their exact impact. The models under consideration are so complex that they cannot be unique. A proper role of a model is to describe what might be and what simply cannot be.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Finlayson
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  1. 1.Division of Urology, Dept. of SurgeryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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