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May 9, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(19):1293. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490190023004

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In a previous number of The Journal we ventured to comment on the drawings of plans for the buildings projected by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. Of much greater importance, however, for the success of the institute is the policy which will be adopted in the selection of the investigative force which will work there. Mistakes with regard to the construction of buildings would be deplorable; serious errors in judgement in the choice of the men who are to undertake the scientific research of the institution, or in the organization of the staff, might prove fatal to its welfare. In this connection there are one or two points to which we desire to call attention.

We approve, and we believe that there is general approval, of the choice of a scientific director made by the board of directors. Dr. Flexner seems to us to be the logical man for

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