The National Fund for Medical Education is to be congratulated on the recognition given it by Congress in the form of a federal charter. Our 80 medical schools are the keystones of national health, and their support is fundamental to the democratic tradition. A large part of this support has always come from gifts and bequests, and such funds are more necessary now than ever before because of the vast research programs currently being carried on in schools that originally limited their activities almost exclusively to teaching. The total cost of medical education cannot be passed on to medical students, because it would be prohibitive to all but a small handful of desirable applicants. The only other alternative would be governmental subsidy, and such a step not only would go against tradition but would lead to a bureaucratic control, which would eventually lower the hard-won standards we now enjoy.