Author Affiliation: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.
Tragically, one of the nation's most remarkable accomplishments is in
jeopardy. The United States has the world's finest fabric of medical research,
education, and quality care. This collective enterprise, which consists of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 125 academic health centers (AHCs)—medical
schools, teaching hospitals, and other health sciences schools—along
with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, provides the nation
and the world with an extraordinary medical complex. Collectively, they successfully
study and treat the major diseases, which inflict pain, suffering, and economic
damage on the American public.
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