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Mrs. Lasker, it's good to be back with you again
today and to have you resume your very
exciting story about the battle to
secure adequate appropriations to
implement the Institutes of Health.
Thank you, Mr. Mason.
Well, the battle continued and late in '54 Mrs.
Hobby, the new Secretary of Health,
Education and Welfare, appeared on “Meet
the Press,” the television program. I
was anxious to get her to commit herself
on this program on the importance of the
research programs of the National
Institutes of Health and spoke to Larry
Spivak about this. I said to him, “Won't
you ask Mrs. Hobby about why she didn't
provide more funds for research in heart
diseases and cancer since they're the
main causes of death?” He said he didn't
know whether he could do this in the
time allotted for all the subjects that
had to be taken up; however, he was
sympathetic and said he would try to do
something on the Sunday program.
Miss McDonough and I were primed to listen
carefully, and Miss McDonough took down
what was said. On the following pages is
a transcript of the conversation between
Mrs. Hobby and Spivak. The essence of it
was that Mrs. Hobby said that she got
her advice from the Councils of the
National Institutes of Health and that's
how the funds that were requested were
asked for from the Congress.
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