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charming and tried to get the feel of a new situation like this, which she had never seen in action before. Before she left Washington she wanted to see the new Clinical Center at Bethesda, which had really grown up under the umbrella we put up for funds for intramural and extramural grants through the National Institutes of Health. And it certainly is a most remarkable thing. The Center has facilities for 500 beds and laboratories which will house a thousand laboratory workers.

Each Institute of the Public Health Service has a certain number of beds and laboratories on the floor assigned to it for research. It is the most ideal research setup anybody has ever seen, and as we went through I could not help but hope that miraculous things for the benefit of mankind would be found here. If they do not develop here, many scientists are going to say it was too extravagant a setup, or there will be great criticism of it just because it's well-thought-out and on such a large scale. For the first time, it gives the Public Health Service clinical facilities to bring the work of the laboratories to the patient directly under the same roof.

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, am I correct in thinking that the setup there is designed so that doctors in studying some obscure disease can bring patients from all over the world?

Lasker:

Not from all over the world, but all over the nation. Yes, they can, but they're supposed to do it in the areas



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