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Books, Journals, New Media
October 8, 2003

National Institute

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1925-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1925

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a US governmental organization with great importance for neuroscience and for patients suffering from dysfunction of the nervous system. NINDS at 50 is an official history that celebrates the accomplishments of this important institution.

The NINDS can be traced back to the Marine Hospital Service, one of the first national institutions of the United States. In every ocean and river port, a small federal hospital allowed sailors respite when they were too sick to travel with their departing commercial vessels. The Marine Hospital Service was originally more an aid to commerce than a health organization but gradually metamorphosed into the US Public Health Service. A laboratory to aid in the examination of immigrants became the foundation for the National Institute of Health in 1930. After World War II, recognition that medical research was a national responsibility produced the phenomenal growth of special organizations within the (now plural) National Institutes of Health.

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