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December 25, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(17):1227-1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900170021007

In this symposium, you have heard varying aspects of the relations of atomic energy to the field of medical science. The advent of atomic energy, as you can well see from the foregoing presentations, has had its impact not only on the political structure of the world but on its scientific and medical makeup as well.

You and your fellow citizens have given the Atomic Energy Commission the responsibility of insuring that the best possible use of this new source of energy will be made, consistent with the national security.

The last six years have seen more profound changes in scientific medicine than any period since the discovery of bacteria or the invention of the microscope. The changes have been brought about by many factors: the wholesale uprooting incident to the war, the development of antibiotics, the impact of social legislation and, above all, the advent of atomic energy. When

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