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--a new scope had been given to the size of the
operation of the Institutes of Health.
Certainly Lister Hill used her--she did
get some Republican sponsors of her
bill--and the sponsors of her bill to
get substantial higher appropriations
not only for the Institutes but to help
in passing the bill for Aid to Medical
School Construction. ‘56 was really the
beginning of a new dawn for human health
and well being as the result of the
activities and combination of new
sympathy for research in the Congress
and in the office of the Secretary of
Health, Education and Welfare.
I think that the heart attack of the President
did much to shock the Senators and also
the fact that Lyndon Johnson had a heart
attack during the summer brought the
Democrats to a realization that no one
is immune and that something should be
done on a more sizable scale. All I can
say is thank God. At last the wheel of
fortune is turning and it looks as
though the tide were running in favor of
the human race, at least as its chances
for peacetime survival go.
Well, it always takes something like that to
dramatize it, doesn't it, like the
President's heart attack?
I thought I might do the ‘57 appropriations,
because that was really the triumph of
the thing, if you have time.
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