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November 16, 2011

Cardiovascular Science in the Service of National Strength

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.

JAMA. 2011;306(19):2145-2146. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1669

On October 31, 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the new Bethesda, Maryland, campus of the National Institutes of Health. As cardiovascular disease was emerging as the biggest threat to the nation's health, and as threats of war loomed from Europe, Roosevelt declared, “Total defense . . . which the nation seeks, involves a great deal more than building airplanes, ships, guns, and bombs. We cannot be a strong nation unless we are a healthy nation. And so we must recruit not only men and materials but also knowledge and science in the service of national strength.”1