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June 9, 1951

THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

Author Affiliations

A. M. A. Washington Office

JAMA. 1951;146(6):578-580. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.63670060005021

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Abstract

The National Cancer Institute clearly is one of the world's great centers for research on neoplastic disease.

It is one of seven organizations grouped together at Bethesda, Md. as the National Institutes of Health, but its influence extends to every state and to several foreign countries. Congress has rapidly increased the institute's annual appropriation to the point where it now totals approximately 40 times the average appropriation for the first seven years of the institute's existence. The current total budget of the National Cancer Institute is just over $20,000,000. Only about $4,650,000 is being spent for administration, publications, research, demonstrations and consultations. All the rest goes out in grants: to states for cancer control, to institutions for research and construction of facilities and to individuals to finance specialized training.

The National Cancer Institute was created by Congress in 1937. It has set for itself two major goals: "... first, to increase

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