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September 11, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(2):127-136. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950020033010

THE CLINICAL INVESTIGATOR AND HIS ROLE IN TEACHING, ADMINISTRATION, AND THE CARE OF THE PATIENT  Robert H. Williams, M.D., SeattleNever before has clinical research received such a glorified position or as much financial and spiritual support as today. The public demands it, Congress has provided for it, medical schools clamor for it, and patients not only tolerate it but sometimes request it. In the last 10 years, there has been a pronounced upsurge of public interest in research, and the amount of money provided,1 especially by the federal government, has increased greatly (fig. 1). The total expenditure for medical research in the United States increased from an annual rate of about 18 million dollars in 1941 to 181 million dollars in 1951. The increase is out of proportion to both the increase in trained medical research manpower and the increase in national income (fig. 2). This should be

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