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Commentary
November 16, 2005

Why America Needs a Strong FDA

Author Affiliations
 

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 2005;294(19):2489-2491. doi:10.1001/jama.294.19.2489

In a nation revered for its great social institutions, it might be difficult for many to choose a top 10 list, let alone a top contender, of the greatest American experiments. Some would immediately name the 3 branches of the federal government and its system of checks and balances; others might point to public libraries and schools that, historically, have facilitated education and a better life for all who partake of them; and many would cite the tradition of welcoming newcomers to US shores, making this country, as Walt Whitman once mused, “a nation of nations.”1

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