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April 10, 1981

Medical Research

Author Affiliations

New York Infirmary Beekman Downtown Hospital New York

JAMA. 1981;245(14):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310390018006

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To the Editor.—  The article on the cost of not doing medical research by William C. Gibson, MD, DPhil, FRCP (1980;244:1817), eloquently identifies the enormous savings in the cost of medical care that medical research has generated, but such a message is lost on our political leaders and representatives who have long since spent those savings in other directions and currently tremble on the edge of governmental insolvency. In addition, these same leaders are plagued by a confusion of realistic doubts about the escalating costs stemming from rapid advances in medical technology, particularly where in so many instances it does not advance the basic understanding of disease nor favorably influence morbidity or mortality.In addition to current financial discouragements, both the basic medical scientist and his clinical research colleague live with the threat to their individual pursuits posed by others' discoveries. In addition, there are the preoccupations with departmental administrative