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September 15, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(3):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970200057012

Much favorable comment has been evoked by the appearance of the two volumes "Medical Research: A Midcentury Survey," published under the auspices of the American Foundation.1 They spread before the reader an exciting picture of the achievements of the past 50 years, in the medical sciences alone. If one adds to this some conception of the activity that has gone on in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, the earth sciences, and the social sciences, the result is overwhelming. Turning from the accomplishments of the past to the tasks and opportunities of the future is equally inspiring. Is it possible that research in social sciences may lead to so good a knowledge of man, so thorough a control of his impulses, as to eliminate poverty and crime? Will the accumulating data of experimental psychology conquer war and insanity? Will sociology tell us at last how to ensure the peaceable utilization of