The societal benefits are enormous from the activities of a scientific academy that stands outside government but holds the mandate to marshal the best expertise to advise the nation on matters related to health, health care, and biomedical science. Health is complicated, health advice can be complex, and opinions may be commercially or politically motivated. Therefore, it is imperative that an unimpeachable organization provide objective and independent advice to health professionals, policy makers, and the public.
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