Scientific Basis for the Support of Biomedical Science

  • Julius H. ComroeJr.
  • Robert D. Dripps


Our project had only one goal: to demonstrate that objective, scientific techniques—instead of the present anecdotal approach—can be used to design and justify a national biomedical research policy.


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These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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References and Notes

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    Of these, 70 were clinicians, 37 were basic medical scientists, and 33 were engineers, science administrators (in industry, government, or universities), or science writers.Google Scholar
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    Some consultants did not designate such contributions as key articles. We did, however, because we knew of a number of instances in which the final step was “inevitable” but no one seemed willing to take it (for example, vascular surgery was inevitable by 1910 but was not applied until 1939).Google Scholar
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    Bias could also enter into our selection of reviewers of tables. Thirty-two reviewers were physicians, surgeons, or medical or surgical specialists; ten were basic medical scientists. All were highly knowledgeable in the field that they reviewed.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julius H. ComroeJr.
    • 1
  • Robert D. Dripps
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, Director of the Pulmonary Research Center, Cardiovascular Research InstituteUniverstiy of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.University for PennsylvaniaUSA

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