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February 1962

A Decade of NINDB of NIH

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(2):120-122. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020122002

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The year just passed marked the first decennium of ophthalmology's most munificent benefactor, the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness of the National Institutes of Health. If anyone doubts the extent of this munificence, he needs only to contemplate the amount assigned to ophthalmology this past year. It was approximately $8,000,000.

Persons who have not participated intimately in the activities of NIH and who have not followed its precipitous rise and kaleidoscopic changes in administrative procedures over the years can have but a meager appreciation of its operation. A brief sketch is therefore in order.

The National Institutes of Health is the major division of the Public Health Service; it is charged with the responsibility of promoting research and training in the medical field. Other divisions are the Bureau of State Services and Bureau of Medical Services. NIH, which is the largest of these divisions, is in turn divided

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