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January 7, 1950

THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS

JAMA. 1950;142(1):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910190036009

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Abstract

The advances of medical sciences since the beginning of the twentieth century offer convincing evidence of what can be done when competent researchers can work with freedom, facilities and funds. Never in the recorded medical history of the world have there been so many inspiring discoveries the importance of which has startled at times entire nations. While fundamental discoveries have been made by researchers throughout the world, the practical application of these discoveries, especially during the last two decades, has been effected particularly in the United States. Formerly other countries were regarded highly for their research discoveries and the utilization of research findings, but more recently war and the suppression of personal freedom, among other factors, have intervened so that today researchers from all over the world look expectantly, perhaps even with envy in some instances, toward the Western Hemisphere for its scientific explorations. The research being undertaken elsewhere in

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