In an article entitled "Clinicians Catch Top NIH Officials' Attention" (E. Marshall, Science, 267:448, 1995), Roy Silverstein of the New York University Medical Center said that he is convinced that "patient-oriented research is being underfunded because of some inherent flaws in the review process" at the National Institutes of Health.

Alternatively, in a recent piece entitled "How Federal Funding Mechanisms Stifle Basic Biomedical Research" (The Scientist, Aug. 21, 1995, page 10), Edith Rosenberg of the Howard University School of Medicine expresses the belief that it is "basic science" that is being poorly reviewed and that "applied science, which requires the collaboration of many diverse people with their support staff and specialized instruments, has generally received the lion's share of research funds distributed by NIH."

In another piece in the same August 21 issue of The Scientist, titled "NIH Study Section Members Acknowledge Major Flaws In The Reviewing...

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