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June 20, 1963 - Interview No. 17

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, I believe this time you wanted to talk about your relations with the American Heart Association, did you not?

Lasker:

Well, the effort to help the development of the American Heart Association.

In 1947, after gradually recovering from jaundice that summer, I determined to do something about research in the field of heart diseases...

Q:

Let me interrupt. Were you very ill with jaundice?

Lasker:

Yes, I was quite ill and it took me a long time to recover, and I had a lot of time to reflect, something which I don't always have. And I realized that even although we had gotten the American Cancer Society and some interest in the Congress for more funds for research in cancer, heart was the number-one cause of death in the United States and in the Western World.

Q:

So, in a sense, you were recharging your batteries during this period.

Lasker:

Yes but I would have been just as happy not to have had it.



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