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Q:

Mrs. Lasker, this expressed point of view is one which even now is not accepted readily by many doctors and researchers.

Lasker:

Well, it isn't accepted readily because they don't understand how much the Federal Government is spending to defending ourselves through the military efforts to prevent or retaliate against deaths from enemy attack, and they don't equste death from enemy attack with the fact that we're dying unnecessarily of uninvestigated diseases which probably can be better treated or cured just as tuberculosis or pollo are now under control wherever people want to have them under control, and also malaria and a number of others diseases, such as syphilis and yaws, diseases that were considered the will of God, which have turned out in the last 15 years not to be.

Q:

The other night I was in conversation with a friend of mine who is a doctor and who is doing research in a medical school and I wondered if one of his remarks didn't give a clue to some of this opposition. In our conversation I chanced to talk about a kind of a crash program for medical research, and immediately he bristled, “This is not scientific.”

Lasker:

Well, of course, this is a kind of gradualism that many doctors and many people like. They don't want to have the ills of the world ended too fast, and, of course, it is very



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