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JAMA Revisited
November 24, 2015

Dedication of the National Institute of Health

JAMA. 2015;314(20):2195. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12112

On October 31 the new buildings of the National Institute of Health at Bethesda, Md., were dedicated at an occasion which marks a new epoch in the growth and development of the United States Public Health Service. The contribution of seventy acres of land by Mr. and Mrs. Luke I. Wilson, who wrote to the President in 1935 offering a portion of their estate for the benefit of scientific research, was the first step in this development. The creation of the National Cancer Institute by an act signed by the President, Aug. 5, 1937, was a second step. Now through cooperation of the Federal Works Agency, the Public Buildings Administration and the United States Public Health Service this new structure is added to our national facilities. From the small service laboratory building in 1890 with its meager facilities and infinitesimal support, this aspect of the work of the United States Public Health Service has grown to the great accomplishments of today with a great estate, magnificent buildings and opportunity for expansion. The contribution of the United States Public Health Service to our knowledge of yellow fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, pellagra, industrial diseases, tularemia, malaria, psittacosis and many other medical problems and its contributions in the standardization of serums, anti-toxins, vaccines and surgical sutures are recognized by every physician as fundamental to the high quality of medical service available in our country.

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