It is the belief of this observer that serious damage was done to medical research in the seventies. This was due, not so much to a lack of research funds, but to a failure of the organizations funding medical research to respond properly to the lack of funds. Instead of opting for a strategy of damage-limitation, the organizations chose
*This article was formally accepted for publication by the Canadian Medical Association Journal in March 1980. Following a mysterious change in editorial policy, the acceptance decision was reversed (January 1981). It was published in Medical Hypothesis (1983, volume 11, pages 141-145) as the first of a two part series entitled “Medical Research Strategy for the Eighties”.