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A report on one particular group of chronic diseases: the ulcerative disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract. The group includes peptic ulcer and ulcerative colitis. An attempt is made to answer questions concerning the social magnitude of the problem, the adequacy of current medical solutions, and the scope of certain research efforts in the ulcerative-disorder field. Money devoted to research in this area has been less than 1 per cent of the estimated economic loss to the nation because of these diseases. It is hoped that this analysis may be of interest to governmental agencies and private foundations supporting research in the biomedical field. A report on one particular group of chronic diseases: the ulcerative disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. The group includes peptic ulcer and ulcerative colitis. An attempt is made to answer questions concerning the social magnitude of the problem, the adequacy of current medical solutions, and the scope of certain research efforts in the ulcerative-disorder field. Money devoted to research in this area has been less than 1 percent of the estimated economic loss to the nation because of these diseases. It is hoped that this analysis may be of interest to governmental agencies and private foundations supporting research in the biomedical field.

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