Medicine: Researchers at the Bedside

"The work that is done here in Bethesda will bring life and health to all mankind," said President Truman last week as he stood in front of the half-finished, $40 million hospital of the National Institutes of Health. "This center is a specific and exciting expression of man's humanity to man. It ... will serve men of all religions, all races and all nations—everywhere in the world."

With that, Harry Truman stepped from the platform and slapped on the mortar to hold in place a cornerstone containing vials of sodium fluoride and folic acid,...

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