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May 2, 1914

From the Letter-Files of S. W. Johnson, Professor of Agricultural Chemistry in Yale University, 1856-1896, Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 1877-1900.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(18):1422. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560430052034

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Abstract

Medical men often mention with envy the abundant support which agricultural science receives from public funds, contrasting it with the almost total neglect that medical science has struggled under for so long. This envy, of course, does not belittle the value of agricultural science or begrudge its support, but only asks that medicine also receive some aid which it is able so abundantly to repay. The development of agricultural science in America owes more to the prophetic vision and convincing advocacy of one man, Samuel W. Johnson, than to any and perhaps to all other forces. After many years of effort, both by developing the science of agricultural chemistry in his own laboratory and by a persistent campaign of public education, he secured the organization of the first agricultural experiment station in Connecticut in 1877.

In the story of this campaign and in the early struggles to secure recognition of

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