October 6, 1956


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

Medical Research Advisor to the Surgeon General, U. S. N.

JAMA. 1956;162(6):535-537. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970230007003

• The pursuit of clinical research in naval hospitals is advantageous to the hospitals themselves, to the Navy, and to medical science in general. Such clinical research is at present based on a well-defined program only to a limited extent; to some extent it depends on the initiative and special interests of individual medical officers. Research projects, whether individual or organized, are encouraged in every way consistent with regulations. Continuity of research can be favored by establishing clinical investigation centers, by association with universities, and by various other means. The financing depends ultimately on appropriations from Congress for the overall research of the Department of the Navy. The public needs to be impressed with the fact that in the naval hospital every advantage is taken of facilities to improve the care of the patients.