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February 10, 1969

Medical News

JAMA. 1969;207(6):1055-1072. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150190007003

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Urban Or Pastoral, It's Never Dull  "I came out to the frontier to see what life was like among the Indians," is the sort of joke the newcomer makes about his Midwestern university."Rather than stay back East where there were too many chiefs?" confident old-hand Midwesterners might well retort, and then go on to list the Nobel feathers in their bonnets.Medical investigators in the Midwest will take a lot of ribbing about their alleged isolation. They joke about it themselves as they jet from Detroit to Dublin, Iowa to Vienna. They have long known their work is as good as any in the East or West. There are signs now that in some cases it is even better.The Midwest to a young scientist in Boston or Berkeley conjures up visions of hayfields, hogs and cornfed cattle, and the small towns of Main Street America.This is