It was a scientific meeting in the late 1960s. Whatever research advances were reported, one impression remains with this visitor: the presiding officer expressed concern about the uncertain continuation of government funding for research. Then, he startled the researcher-members by urging them to contact their congressmen. A moment later, it was his turn to be startled. One after another, these superbly educated investigators admitted that they did not even know the names of their congressmen.
That's one of the circumstances addressed by this book—"the need for biomedical scientists to take an interest and initiative not only in scientific research but also in research on health care delivery and in related issues before the legislative and administrative branches of government." (That quotation illustrates what perhaps is one of the flaws of the book, that is, an occasional tendency to ponderous prose.)
The book itself is a collection of articles. Some are