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The presidents of the publishing organizations comment in their foreword on the unorthodoxy of surveying medical and biological research on a national basis. In their opinion the situation of the young State of Israel is so unique that the regional point of view becomes justified.
High level scientific work in that area was started by medical and scientific pioneers in the early days of Jewish settlement in the beginning of the century, long before the statehood of Israel was established in 1948. By now the "ferment of scientific activity" in that country has reached unparalleled dimensions both qualitatively and quantitatively, in spite of much hardship and financial limitations. Still, while the early pioneers worked under indescribably difficult conditions, the modern investigators of the last 10 years enjoyed decent working conditions. In a large measure, this is due to substantial support from wealthier countries and to the hospitality of these countries
Medical and Biological Research in Israel. Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(4):715–716. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580100179035
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