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Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

James A. Hagans, MD, PhD
JAMA. 1967;202(1):71-72. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130140129033.
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To the Editor:—  Re the letter of Dr. Frederic L. Stone (201:705, 1967) concerning Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, no amount of "word salad" in our age of tyranny on words can mask for long to the discerning that the National Institutes of Health activities have been appropriately and accurately and justly described by Dr. John H. Moyer (200:454, 1967). It would seem they have indeed failed to support appropriately the development of experimental therapeutics in the United States. Basic science and basic research are essential in our society, and no thinking man, including Dr. Moyer, would think of denying their appropriate place. When, however, many of these endeavors are supported to the exclusion of applied research in an area as important as human therapeutics, and when men well qualified in basic science and basic research inappropriately assume the role of major decision makers for such areas of


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