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A new and authoritative voice spoke out in opposition to federal aid for medical education when the Commission on Financing Higher Education issued its statement on May 15, 1951. The commission, an independent body sponsored by the Association of American Universities and financed by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, is composed of the presidents of Johns Hopkins, Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Brown, Union and Missouri universities, the provost of Harvard University, the former acting president of Columbia and four civic leaders, including the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago.
While emphasizing strongly that more income for medical schools is imperative now, the commission, in discussing Senate Bill 337 now before the Senate and a similar bill which passed the Senate in 1949 but did not reach the floor of the House of Representatives, states:
Legislation of this kind would introduce
COMMISSION ON FINANCING HIGHER EDUCATION OPPOSES FEDERAL AID TO MEDICAL EDUCATION. JAMA. 1951;146(4):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670040076010