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October 1974

Medical Research Systems in Europe: Ciba Symposium

Arch Surg. 1974;109(4):592. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360040100041

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Medical Research Systems in Europe is the published proceedings of a Wellcome Trust-Ciba Foundation symposium held in March 1973. The book is organized into two parts; in the first, the participants (with the notable exceptions of Russia and Czechoslovakia) submitted papers prior to meeting; the second part consists of a discussion of the issues. The symposium describes how medical research is supported and organized in Europe and how such research is related to different systems of health care and medical education.

For the most part, a careful reading of the submitted papers from 22 countries is fascinating for it presents a global view of the interlocking systems of medical education, health care delivery, and medical research in each country. Each participant was remarkably candid in the presentation of the current status of the medical research system in his country, the criticism of the current system, and in offering helpful suggestions

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