The Surgeon General and the Chief of Research and Development of the Army, through the Medical Research and Development Command, maintain a constant interest in and awareness to all phases of surgical research. Through this Command, the Army participates in, fosters, and supports research in surgery which has primary military medical interest.
The Nation's awareness of benefits derived from medical research is depicted, in part, by the Federal government's appropriation of more than a 200-fold increase in the amount of money for this purpose in the past 2 decades. The Army Medical Research and Development Command's budget for 1962 is 23.4 million dollars, an increase of approximately 50% over 1961. Approximately 5 million, or about 20%, is for surgical research. The surgical research program is carried out in Army hospitals, Army Medical Research Institutes or Units, many medical schools, civilian research institutes throughout the United States, and in some foreign