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Q:

Where did you spend the time, up at the farm?

Lasker:

No, I spent it at the home of Mrs. David Levy-- no, at the home of Mr. Andre Meyer, who loaned us his house in Westchester County.

Well, to go back to the situation about the research in arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, at this time there was no money especially earmarked for research in cardiovascular disease in the Public Health Service, believe it or not, although it was the number-one cause of death.

The American Heart Association was practically a medical club which raised in '47, nationally, only $133,000.

Q:

For what purpose?

Lasker:

Well, education, booklets. The purposes were not too well defined.

Q:

Who was the chief...

Lasker:

The Medical Director at the time was Dr. Connor. I went to see him with Lois Maddox Miller of the Reader's Digest and asked him what research plans the Association had. He admitted they had none.

Q:

Did he seem surprised at such a question?

Lasker:

No, he was rather a slim, slight young man, and he seemed



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