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August 9, 1941

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JAMA. 1941;117(6):454. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320046012

SCIENCE IN A TROUBLED WORLD  Amidst the rubble of bombings, the distinguished physiologist and member of Parliament Dr. A. V. Hill1 addressed the House of Commons. Dr. Hill is uneasy about certain tendencies that have developed in science in his country as they have in ours. A growing tendency for political considerations to exercise an influence on science is viewed with alarm by every scientist. "In order to preserve the integrity of science in our own country," Dr. Hill states, "it is very important that those strong independent scientific bodies should be maintained: and for the sake of international scientific relations it is desirable that in other countries also, so far as we can influence them, the domination of the state over science should be tempered by public appreciation of the part played by independent scientific agencies and institutions." The British spokesman recognizes the importance, indeed the necessity, of scientific organizations within the framework of government. Anent the hazard of government subsidized research he mentioned "the clanger that he who pays