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November 10, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(11):740-741. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860450026008

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For some weeks hearings have been held by the subcommittee of the Committee on Military Affairs of the U. S. Senate on the proposals to create a National Science Foundation, a government agency to be charged with encouragement of scientific research. Several measures have been presented to the Congress to effectuate this objective. Their number and diversity indicate the difficulty of finding the best possible formula. Care is necessary if the objects sought are to be achieved without permitting domination of research by a federal bureaucracy and inhibition of private initiative or the spending of vast funds without adequate return. The work of the Committee on Medical Research and of the Office of Scientific Research and Development during the war proved that funds can be used satisfactorily to encourage research and to coordinate and intensify the speed with which the results of research can be applied. Much was accomplished toward

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