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And was Gosden interested in medicine?
No, but he was a friend of Stein's and he made the appointment in August or late July.
They saw him out in Newport in the summer of 1960 and felt that they had had a moderately
successful talk with him. In any case, he did not veto the figure, nor did the present put
any reserve of any consequence on it later. The Budget would often put a reserve on the
figures and not allow all the money that was voted to be spent, and there probably was a
small reserve but it wasn't a crippling one.
Eisenhower, in his whole administration of eight years, never gave any encouragement to
medical research personally. He was always on the verge of vetoing or withholding funds
from the NIH. Such a strange position for someone who had benefitted so much from medical
research entirely at Federal expense!
Is he known to have expressed himself in that area? He was the beneficiary of very modern
He was the beneficiary of research in anticoagulants and of advances in surgery, but he
always felt that somehow or other government participation in research or government
participation in anything but defense matters was wrong, that Federal money was somehow to
be looked down upon. A very curious attitude for someone who was President of the United
States and who had gotten his education from and spent his entire employment
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