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been properly encouraged or understood.

Q:

It was a personal sensitivity?

Lasker:

It was a personal sensitivity, yes.

I did go so far as to try to get General Donovan, “Wild Bill” Donovan, to see if he could interest Taber in the problem, but Donovan wasn't successful.

Q:

He actually made the attempt?

Lasker:

Yes, he tried. Taber was so difficult to deal with that even Senator Bridges, another Republican and the ranking member of the full Appropriations Committee, complained about how Taber rants and raves in conferences.

Q:

Isn't this a kind of an illustration of what you were talking about a few minutes ago; I mean, having experienced great power, it does something to a person, and Taber certainly did experience great power through the years in Congress.

Lasker:

He certainly did. He experienced almost unbridled power.

Well, I was still trying to see if I couldn't interest Congressman Cannon in the problem of medical research, and once in the year of '54 I went to call on him with Paul Stark, who



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