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October 26, 1984

Instruments, illustrations, information, and animals

JAMA. 1984;252(16):2328. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350160186054

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The Division of Research Services has four main areas of responsibility through which it serves the 8,000 staff members of the intramural programs at the NIH. It provides and maintains animals for research; designs and constructs instruments for medical research and clinical application; produces illustrative material such as graphs, charts, and photographs in its medical arts branch; and supplies library facilities, independent from but complementary to those rendered by the much larger National Library of Medicine.

The division's annual budget of around $28 million is met largely by charging the institutes for these services.

The division was established in 1956. Its present director, Joe R. Held, DVM, has held the position since July 1972. He is leaving at the beginning of next month to become director of the Pan-American Health Organization's Zoonoses Center in Buenos Aires.

In terms of budget, the largest of the division's four branches is the Veterinary