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August 2, 1924


Author Affiliations

Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1924;83(5):348-350. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660050034007

Research is a systematic attempt to gain more knowledge. It is an ancient institution. When Adam and Eve first shook the tree of knowledge, they unwittingly inaugurated a research attended by immediate and far reaching results. A new world was literally opened up to them. They experienced a prompt transfer from a world in which progress was excluded by definition, to one in which progress was demanded, but dependent on their own efforts. Their descendants have been working at this program ever since. As the centuries and millenia have passed, research has revealed new and vaster worlds for man's development or exploitation. The result has been what we call progress. Some people believe that this progress has been spurious, a mere chasing of the lost caudal appendage around a circle. We health officials believe that it has been real, a slow climbing of a spiral which has left the caudal

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