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February 20, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(8):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420043015

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National Engineers' Week is being observed February 21-27. The engineering profession, important to the American way of life, is aiding in the maintenance of America's supremacy in the adaptation of newly discovered, barely explored forces of nature to the needs of the day. Scientific discoveries provide the foundation for engineering development. It is the engineering application of these discoveries to the development and production of great quantities of equipment that characterizes America's power.

The achievements of engineers in the development of processes and equipment that have promoted and contributed to health are considerable and far reaching. One example is the development of the modern, sensitive electrocardiograph from the original Einthoven galvanometer produced in 1893. Another is the development of Roentgen's discovery of x-rays into modern diagnostic and therapeutic uses. Still another example of engineering and medicine working together is the application of the newly developed transistor to the hearing aid.

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