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March 3, 1956

Medical Research: A Midcentury Survey. Volume I: American Medical Research: In Principle and Practice. Volume II: Unsolved Clinical Problems: In Biological Perspective

JAMA. 1956;160(9):814. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960440086027

Medical research has become one of the widely discussed and probably one of the most important subjects of the day. With the growing interest of the public and government officials, as well as scientists in general, research is receiving ever-increasing support and its horizons are expanding almost unbelievably. Unfortunately, however, there are many who, even though they are interested in the subject, know little about the way research is developed and how it is supported. This seems to be particularly true for medical research in spite of its prominence in everyday discussion. Therefore, studies intended to present facts on these aspects of medical research are always welcome, particularly if they delve deeply and accurately into the topic.

Under the auspices of the American Foundation, a special consultant committee was appointed to conduct a midcentury survey of medical research. The consultants provide an imposing list of names and the work that

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