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Weill Cornell MedicineA History of Cornell's Medical School$
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Antonio M. Jr., MD Gotto and Jennifer Moon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702136

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702136.001.0001

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Postwar Boom

Postwar Boom

(p.101) 5 Postwar Boom
Weill Cornell Medicine

Antonio M. Gotto

Jennifer Moon

Cornell University Press

This chapter shows how the end of military hostilities led to an economic boom and renewed prosperity throughout the country. Postwar economic growth triggered an exponential increase in federal funding for research at medical schools. Cornell's research program experienced a corresponding expansion. The influx of funds allowed Cornell to build its research infrastructure, recruit new investigators, and direct additional resources toward finding better treatments for disease. However, Cornell University Medical College experienced a few more obstacles in the following years: anxieties regarding the spread of communism, the advent of the Cold War, demands for a larger supply of doctors, and the shift towards specialization. In addition, the period of time between entering medical school and starting the practice of medicine had lengthened. Still, despite the cost and extensive training, increasing numbers of applicants flocked to Cornell.

Keywords:   postwar economic growth, research programs, Cornell University Medical College, communism, Cold War, specialization, medicine, medical schools

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