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March 1982

The Plight of Research in the United States

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San Mateo, Calif

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(3):199. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790510071015

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The October 1981 issue of the Archives (107:589) contained an editorial by Byron J. Bailey, MD. It is particularly important in light of today's economic and political climate and deserves comment. Dr Bailey deplores the decrease in federal funds for research and bemoans the fact that today's medical students and young physicians have shown little interest in an academic or research career. He properly states that the research of yesterday is today's patient care and that American health will suffer if we do not maintain an adequate research base. American industry demonstrates the results of this short-sighted frugality, and we must indeed be sure that medicine does not fall into this trap.

I submit that we must develop more creative answers to the problem. Dr Bailey's solutions depend on traditional means of funding and recruitment, and we know that these methods are not working today. He suggests that we encourage

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