1916 Journal of the American Medical Association  
Many cities and states still hesitate to arrange the budget for the laboratories so as to require a moderate amount of research investigation. My experience in New York City convinces me that the omission of a provision for research along practical lines is a great mistake. The organization of the research branch of the laboratories was due primarily to Dr. H. M. Biggs. He is carrying out the same policy as commissioner of health of New York state in insisting on and obtaining money for the
more » ... allation of research laboratory investigations along intensely practical lines in the prevention and cure of communi¬ cable diseases. Those who are familiar with the laboratories, before and since he became commissioner, have no doubt that the slight extra expense incurred for investigation has justified itself in the complete change in the point of view of the laboratory workers and in the increased efficiency of their work. The great research institutions, like the Pasteur and Rockefeller institutes, have neither the inclination, time nor opportunities to attack many of the public health problems that are pressing on departments of health. It is needless to state that the only qualification for appointing and keeping laboratory workers should be fitness for the positions.
doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590270035015 fatcat:d7hzytlt25gn7k4axvu42abtta