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June 25, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(8):673-680. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960080049015


Grants for Research in Arthritis.—  The Medical College of Alabama, Birmingham, recently announced federal grants totaling almost $97,000. An initial grant of $41,418 was approved by the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and continuing annual grants of $13,878 for four years were approved for the research, which is a joint project of the departments of biochemistry and of medicine.


Personal.—  Dr. Esther M. Closson, Tucson, was recently appointed Pima County Health director, succeeding Dr. Lewis H. Howard, who resigned after 34 years of service.

Research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.—  The Phoenix Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, which is conducting a research project on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will welcome the cooperation of any physician who has patients with this condition. Initial studies indicate the possibility of a vascular disturbance in the affected areas of the medulla oblongata,

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