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March 1966

The Continued Need for Private Support of Medical Research

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(3):196. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020198002

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THE New England Journal of Medicine for Oct 28, 1965, includes a thought-provoking editorial that emphasizes the need for privately supported medical research to supplement the government supported programs under the National Institutes of Health. As the number of qualified investigators seeking support exceeds the budget of the institute and as Congress justifiably wants to know how the taxpayer's money is spent, the emphasis increasingly is on safe research along established lines by recognized investigators and their disciples. The result is that today the young scientist has little hope of getting governmental support because guaranteed renewals of long-term commitments to established investigators and institutes have first priority. This is a cause for serious concern, since the really new concepts in science have always come from the uninhibited imagination of youth. In our own field one has only to reflect on what chance Lempert would have had to gain NIH support

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