Somehow, Framingham, MA became a center for health studies and surveys. Probably the most famous study extended from 1948 through 1966 and focused on heart disease. In fact, the famous Framingham Heart Survey included several surveys covering a variety of heart problems. The study continued for two more decades after the 1960s.
As a city engaged in health studies, Framingham gained interest from researchers engaged in several fields. For example, around 1915-1920 there was a national focus on tuberculosis and finding ways to prevent and treat it. There was a survey of cattle and the transmission of tuberculosis through milk. About 1950 there was a survey study on children’s safety by pediatricians.