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March 1969

Science and the Federal Government

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC

From the Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):257-265. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210011004

THE subject before us is the federal government, its impact on the particular microworld in which we labor in the world of science and health. And those of us who are has-beens who have watched this system grow since the days of World War II, cannot help but be impressed with how much it has grown, and how much it has changed. Change and growth are both response to pressures which have been steady, inexorable, and fertilized with money. The nature of the growth must be viewed from some vantage point in order to be appreciated, and we might take a few moments just to mention that.

For example, if we look back only a decade ago, there were 2½ million young people in all of the two-year colleges, four-year colleges, graduate schools, and professional schools in the United States. Today, that number is 6.6 million, a bit more

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