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January 3, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(1):42. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890180044009

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When the American Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association awarded its plaque to the American Medical Association on December 16, the occasion was signalized by an announcement of the formation of a new foundation to be supported in major part by the pharmaceutical industry, to be devoted to scientific research and to represent a joint effort of the pharmaceutical and medical professions. This foundation, to be called the Pharmaceutical-Medical Research Foundation, is to be modeled after the Nutrition Foundation, which already has a record of important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in that field. The Nutrition Foundation was developed largely through the interest of Mr. Charles Wesley Dunn, general counsel for the American Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association.

While many millions of dollars are spent annually in the United States on research of a practical and applied character, the comparative amounts expended on basic research are infinitesimal. Before controlling many of the diseases which

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