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October 26, 1984

New century of achievement awaits unique National Institutes of Health

JAMA. 1984;252(16):2111. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350160001001

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In a world full of initials and acronyms, most physicians and other medical scientists in the United States are aware that NIH stands for National Institutes of Health. But what the existence of the NIH means for the practice of medicine is another story, one that—at least in part—the MEDICAL NEWS section of this issue seeks to tell.

The NIH employs nearly 15,000 persons, almost 10% of whom are physicians, and most of whom work on or near its approximately 125-hectare (slightly more than 306-acre) campus in the Washington, DC, suburb of Bethesda, Md. There are 60 buildings on the main campus. Here, as well as in other facilities in the locality and at Research Triangle Park, NC, where the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is located, NIH investigators, staff, and advisors concentrate on research and clinical problems.

In addition to intramural research at the NIH, more than 19,000