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National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research Records

 Collection
Identifier: MS C 419

Abstract

The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's.

Dates

  • 1948-1975

Extent

2.1 Linear Feet

Creator

Abstract

The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Restrictions

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

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Historical Note

In January, 1955, at the request of the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Oveta Culp Hobby, the National Science Foundation appointed a Special Committee on Medical Research, also known as the Long Committee, to undertake a review and evaluation of the medical research programs of the department. The committee was composed of C.N.H. Long, M.D., Chairman, Edward A. Doisy, Ph.D., Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D., A. Baird Hastings, Ph.D., Charles B. Huggins, M.D., Colin M. MacLeod, M.D., C. Phillip Miller, M.D., and W.M. Stanley, Ph.D., with Joseph M. Pisani, M.D., serving as Executive Secretary.

Due to the limited time available to the committee, their investigations focused on the largest segments of the department's medical research programs. Included in the final report was discussion of the research activities of the Children's Bureau of the Social Security Administration, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Bureau of State Services of the Public Health Service. By far, however, the committee spent the most time investigating the intramural and extramural research programs of the National Institutes of Health. For each of the institutes at NIH program analyses which included curriculum vitae of researchers, bibliographies, and publications of the institutes were prepared. Meetings were also held with officers of NIH and its institutes. The committee's investigations were summarized in a final report delivered in December, 1955. A revised form of the report is found in the general collection under the call number W20.5 U587 1955.

Collection Summary

The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's. The operation of the committee is also well documented in the minutes of its seven meetings, in the chronological correspondence files, and in the numerous memoranda to committee members written by Dr. Pisani. Also of interest are the letters between Dr. Long and Pisani on the long-term impact of the committee's report.

Arranged into 7 series: I. General file; II. Minutes; III. Condensed Minutes; IV. Chronological Files; V. Program Analyses; VI. Publications; VII. Dictaphone Recordings of Meetings.

Provenance

The papers were acquired in September 1986 from Dr. Pisani.

General

Processed by
Karen Pitts
Processing completed
October 1986
Encoded by
Dan Jenkins

Processing Information

Papers were processed in October, 1986 by Karen Pitts, who also contributed to the scope and content note. The organization of the papers corresponds to the arrangement devised by Dr. Pisani.

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Title
Finding Aid to the National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research Records, 1948-1975
Status
Unverified Partial Draft
Author
Karen Pitts
Date
October 1986; 2000
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement
Version 1.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

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