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January 1963

Research Activities, Massachusetts General Hospital

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(1):127-128. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620250131031

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Somebody who thought I was still running the Book Review enterprise in the Archives of Internal Medicine sent me a book entitled Research Activities, Massachusetts General Hospital, January 1, 1961—December 31, 1961. The inside of the coral-covered brochure begins with a quotation containing a misprint, no doubt a "correction" introduced by some eager but bemused school marm who did not know the difference between physic and physics. From there on the going is an absolutely fascinating example of the fearful complexity of American medicine. Look, for instance, at the committee on research with people from the Board of Trustees from M.I.T., and M.G.H., from the Dean's office and others actually connected with the medical enterprise. If one is interested to see what makes the M.G.H. tick, Page IX gives the answer. It appears that Harvard has little or nothing to do with it. As for finances, no doubt it was clear

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