Rare Footage of FDR at NIH

Thank you to Circulating Now for the following reblog with my comment:

President Roosevelt, in dedicating the new National Institute(s) Of Health Building, declared, “for research into deadly diseases, recent improvements in public health and health care, and hope that the research conducted at NIH would lead to new cures for and even the prevention of disease.” This declaration is still relevant today. Since I am an advocate for M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and Asperger’s (ASD-Autistic Spectrum Disorder), I am directing this reblog to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health @NIHDirector.

Circulating Now

By Rebecca C. Warlow

On October 31, 1940, just days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be elected to an unprecedented third term as President of the United States, he traveled to Bethesda to dedicate the National Cancer Institute and the new campus of what was then the National Institute of Health (NIH), before it would eventually become known in plural form—National Institutes of Health—as multiple units were established over subsequent years.

President Roosevelt stands at a podium surrounded by american flags at the top of the steps of a colonial brick building. President Roosevelt at NIH
National Library of Medicine #A030309

That late October afternoon, Roosevelt stood on the steps of the new main NIH building, ready to address a crowd of 3,000 people. Still relevant today, in a variety of contexts, are the subjects he discussed: the need for preparedness in light of war and for research into deadly diseases, recent improvements in public health and health care, and hope that the research conducted at NIH would lead to…

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