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May 29, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(5):464-465. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890390042011

Volume five of the Steelman Report on Science and Public Policy" concerns itself largely with the manner in which the federal government can most effectively promote and encourage scientific research on medical problems. The nation invests some $110,000,000 annually for scientific research and development in medical and allied fields as contrasted with ten times that amount for all other forms of scientific inquiry. The Committee on Medical Research of the Office of Scientific Research and Development devoted its attention to the solution of practical problems. Establishment of a committee composed of government and nongovernment medical scientists has been recommended to suggest a comprehensive program to utilize most effectively all the nation's resources. Recommendations are that funds be distributed for basic and applied research and for training of investigators. Expenditures for medical and allied research, according to the Steelman report, should be at least tripled by 1957 to not less than