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June 18, 1960


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1960;173(7):806-808. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.73020250023009

President Eisenhower noted in the statement accompanying his approval of the budget appropriation bill for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare "his concern for the potential harm in the diversion into research of the manpower and other resources needed for equally vital teaching and medical practice." There is a fundamental error in setting up these separate functions of medical colleges as competitive or mutually exclusive. Surely, the United States has the resources to meet the needs of the full trinity included in the President's message, namely, research, teaching, and medical care.

Not long ago it appeared that our resources were insufficient for research; yet when the need became apparent, the funds were made available. Only 3.5 million dollars was expended for separately budgeted research in medical schools in 1940-1941. For 1957-1958 the amount was 105.5 million. It is significant that this sum is about two and one-half times greater

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