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March 24, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(12):1091-1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470087025

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To the Editor:—  In his recent message to Congress, President Eisenhower recommended an increase from $99,000,000 to $126,500,000 for medical research to be expended by the federal government. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine introduced a bill recommending an additional expenditure of one billion dollars a year for expansion of medical research for the next five years. Twenty-seven senators of both parties are sponsoring her bill. There are among them some who have not previously been known as favoring support of medical research. There is little doubt that many would agree with the desirability of making larger funds available for medical research. In 1954 our total national medical research effort amounted to 180 million dollars, several million dollars less than what we spent on monuments and tombstones. There are others who believe, probably with good reason, that our available national research resources could not profitably spend such large sums for

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