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Director of Medical Sciences, 1930-1945
Box Number: 30
Folder Number: 7
Dec 5 1930
Opportunism as a Policy
1) No one can be wise enough to tell in what way science and practice of medicine can or will develop. Best to push forward
as in guerilla warfare
2) Taking the cream of opportunities is possible on opportunistic basis. Almost surely avoids waste and miscalculations.
3) Watching opportunities and keeping in the field serves as a method for finding and selecting projects of a wide sort and
more consistent character.
4) There are certain countries where new constructive projects are impossible because stability for long-term undertakings
are lacking. Opportunism is a valuable method of conservation
1) On a purely opportunist basis the qualitative long-suit of the R.F. is pulverized: i.e. the aid given is nothing but a
large series of what any group of organizations could do, and the unique dream of the RF is wasted.
2) No organized and cumulative body of experience is possible. It is evasive and shallow as a method.
3) No deep enlistment of interest of the officers or specific results are obtained.
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It would be possible for the Foundation to consist of
1) A small group as a "board of strategy" which would pick programs and individuals to stage specific programs of
2) Teams or groups of workers busy within the F. on definite programs of field work, studying their work and sifting their
personnel until ready to lead an independent existence when they could be cast adrift with a capital endowment sufficient
to make them self supporting.