Physicians, Heal Thyselves!

A new doctor arrives at the ailing National Institutes of Health to fight low morale, sagging wages and official interference

Inside the laboratories of the National Institutes of Health, 3,200 of America's best researchers are tackling medical mysteries that range from conception to aging. But one of the most perplexing problems confronting the NIH is its own health. Considered by many to be the world's most productive biomedical-research facility, the NIH is nonetheless suffering from a multitude of ailments. Noncompetitive salaries have made it difficult to retain top researchers or hire replacements. Political meddling has stopped some areas of investigation and assumed control of others. A recent monitoring of ethical infractions, concerns about allegations of fraud, and new conflict- of-interest regulations...

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