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June 16, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(7):643-644. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970070075025

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To the Editor:—  In the Correspondence section of a recent issue of The Journal160:1091 [March 24] 1956), Dr. Israel Davidsohn expressed an idea that should be forwarded to all private foundations and industrial and governmental research agencies with the full endorsement of our medical society. The time has come to stop distributing research money like feather pillows opened on a windy roof top. If medical research is as important as our lip service to it would indicate, opportunity for men entering this field must be provided. Research centers should be built where promising young physicians can enter on the residency level, learn to work with other scientists in the physical, biological, and chemical professions, and learn to use the tools of the trade, the complex instruments, and the libraries that are so costly and so essential to good work. The human body has been subdivided interminably by American

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