In 1961, in the first of his annual health messages to Congress, the late President Kennedy stated that The health of the American people must ever be safeguarded; it must ever be improved. As long as people are stricken by a disease which we have the ability to prevent, as long as people are chained by a disability which can be reversed—then American health will be unfinished business. It is to the unfinished business in health which affects every person and home and community in this land that we must now direct our best efforts. I believe it is consistent with that principle, and in the best interests of the health of the American people, that Congress establish a new institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an institute especially dedicated to the better understanding, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or alleviation and rehabilitation of the many crippling problems that
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