IN a letterjfco Ijwgejizio, Francis Bacon remarked that ft)fe fi tauration of the sciences require some ageflfor tjae ripening of them". Social medicine may, iJyioiAfTCSpects, be regarded as an "instaurated', OR "reneweoL"science, for it is one of broad outlook aryrevives the philosophical attitude with which the Greeks approached the study of social problems and natural phenomena. It is one of the most comprehensive of sciences, calling to its aid many branches of knowledge in the elucidation of its problems. It is fitting, therefore, that the first chair and Institute of Social Medicine have been established at Oxford, a University rich in many founts of learning, including the activities of Nufneld. College, which is conducting important investigations into social problems. The University was exceptionally fortunate in securing for its first professor of social medicine so eminent a physician as Prof. John A. Ryle.