Beacon of Hope: Founding Years
The Primacy of Scientific Freedom
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Founding Years 1944-1953
Growth Years 1953-1969
Years of Change and Renewal 1969-1993
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None of this dampened the spirits of the young scientists and clinicians hired by the six institutes in 1951 and 1952 before the hospital’s opening. “We are living through an exciting and, in some respects, awe-inspiring burst of creative energy,” Surgeon General Leonard A. Scheele noted in mid-1950.40 The prospect of assigned patient beds for clinical research galvanized a plethora of investigations, and the lack of growth in intramural spending during the Korean War years seemed not to matter at all.41 Dr. Masur, who left the director’s post in January 1951 to oversee the PHS hospital system, had successfully applied the Goldwater Hospital maxim, “Unity with diversity.” The pattern of flexible administration and scientific control of laboratories was the essential precondition of dynamic growth. Even before its doors were opened, scientific freedom had become the Clinical Center’s hallmark. What remained to be seen, as growth ensued, was whether clinician specialists and scientific investigators could find new elements of synthesis for their divergent interests at the frontiers of molecular biology.42

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