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March 10, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(10):610-611. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860100054019

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Feb. 10, 1945.

How Science Saved Britain  Speaking at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Lord Woolton, minister of reconstruction, said that the policy of the British government during this century of giving little support to men of science had brought the country near defeat in the war. We remained unprepared either to breed a nation that would be physically fit or to grow and store enough food to ensure ourselves against the growing dangers of submarine warfare, which were known to our naval scientists. Within a few weeks of Lord Woolton's taking office in April 1940 as minister of food we were faced with a drop of 50 per cent in our food imports. We were saved from starvation by the application of scientific knowledge to the problem of securing the right foods, not to satisfy our appetites but

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