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April 25, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(17):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490170033009

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We understand that the drawing of plans for the buildings of the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research is imminent. We hope that those in whose hands the decision as to these plans lies will neither make the mistake of indulging in extravagant architecture, nor be guilty of an error, much more common among scientific men, of imagining that the nature of the building and the quality of the materials put into it are matters of insignificance for the success of the foundation. We are all familiar with the lamentable squandering of college bequests in unnecessarily pretentious buildings to an extent that has precluded the acquisition of men of eminence for the faculty and has paralyzed efficiency by failure to provide an adequate budget for maintenance and operating accounts; such misguided expenditure of capital can not be too strongly condemned. But we fear that, in some scientific circles, the value of

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