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August 1965

The Good and Bad of Research Support

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(2):149-150. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040151001

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Support of medical research has exceeded in the past two decades anything dreamed of in the years prior to the Second World War. Proliferating foundations have, generally speaking, committed their funds to categorical disease entities while government agencies, represented chiefly by the National Institutes of Health, have spread their increasing support over the entire field of medical research.

Ophthalmology's part in this efflorescence of medical research has been average. In accordance with a familiar pattern, philanthropic organizations have sprung up with emotionally charged commitments to one disease. Some have matured to a beneficiary interest in support of general ophthalmic research. The NIH has dispensed its funds for ophthalmology through the Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness. The exemplary prudence which this Institute has exercised in allocation of government funds is no mean feat when one considers the sums involved, the antithetical groups which must be pacified, if not satisfied, and

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