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It is impossible to do justice in the space available to the extensive field of investigation covered by this report. Actual promotion of specific research by the Medical Research Council is usually done by appointment of individuals to the permanent staff. Such appointments depend on the subject which seems to require special attention and on the merits of the persons chosen. When once appointed, an individual has wide liberty of action in planning investigation. The council seldom chooses particular diseases for investigation but it designed to include the study of etiologic factors common to a group of diseases, a type of treatment of wide application or a system of physiologic or biochemical control. Examples now under investigation are virus diseases, endocrinology and chemotherapy. Another part of the work of the council consists of personal and expense grants, the initiative in choice of subject and method of investigation lying with the
Report of the Medical Research Council for the Year 1937-1938. JAMA. 1939;112(25):2628. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800250052030
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