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December 4, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(10):51-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130230025004

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Determining the capacity of medical research and practice to meet national needs was the task assigned a new group within the National Academy of Sciences—the Board of Medicine.

Academy President Frederick Seitz said the board "reflects the growing concern on the part of the Academy, members of the medical profession, and a number of federal agencies as to how our rapidly expanding biomedical knowledge can be more effectively applied in response to critical human needs. We have asked the board to range broadly in identifying urgent problems, to be imaginative in seeking solutions, and innovative in recommending public policy."

Specifically, he said, the board might consider such questions as how to shorten the interval between the acquisition of new knowledge and its application in clinical medicine; how to improve the quality and delivery of medical care; how medical knowledge gets used, refreshed, and taught; the ethical and legal implications of