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How did Mr. Rockefeller come to be interested in medical research, is a question that has often been asked, and its answer may well serve as an introduction to our remarks. Several years ago a close personal friend first suggested this as an important field in philanthropy and one as yet wholly neglected in this country. The discovery of diphtheria antitoxin made a deep impression on his mind. He was much interested in this great achievement and in its beneficent results, and it was the presentation of the facts connected with this discovery, with the explanation of the steps by which it was reached, which I think finally crystallized his thought to establish an institute the purpose of which should be to further such beneficent work for humanity.
Once convinced of the need, the next question was, Could such work as this be done in this country? Mr. Rockefeller was
HOLT LE. THE ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH. JAMA. 1904;XLII(26):1675–1676. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490710007002c
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