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October 6, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(6):448. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860400032010

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In the Organization Section in this issue of The Journal appears the report of a special committee appointed by the Committee on Postwar Medical Service to consider the various proposals that have been made for the aid of research through the granting of funds by the federal government. In a previous issue of The Journal an abstract was published of the various measures to achieve this end, including the bills proposed by Senators Kilgore, Magnuson and Byrd. Among the points emphasized by practically every medical group that has considered the problem are the following:

  1. Voluntary philanthropic foundations, universities and similar agencies have contributed greatly to scientific and particularly to medical research in the United States. The establishment of a federal agency with vast funds might well obstruct, if not destroy, such voluntary efforts and thereby do more harm than good.

  2. The federal government aids research on cancer and

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