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Oh, I've always gotten the individuals, always, always. But I've always been afraid
to push them as an association for fear they'd turn it down and be against it.
Now, curiously enough, not only was the Heart Association not very dynamic but the
Rockefeller Foundation, which was the leading private foundation interested in the
field of medical research, never went dynamically into the field of supporting heart
For the same reasons?
I don't know. They felt there weren't leads, or, I don't know what the reasons were,
but they just didn't.
In 1948, Albert and I felt that even although they had gotten a large sum of money
with which to start their national campaign that the New York City committee that
represented a large number of important cardiologists in the city were not getting
very far, and we offered to supply the New York City Heart Committee with $25,000 if
they would get an additional $25,000 in matching money to increase their drive for
funds. This was matched by Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Sr., whose wife was ill at this
time with heart trouble. However, neither the Rockefeller Foundation nor the
Rockefeller Institute has ever made a major project of trying to elucidate
arteriosclerosis, which is the main cause of heart deaths and the main cause of death
in the United States, up until this time.
Now, in the late '50s a Dr. Arendts, at the Rockefeller Institute has been very
important in the study of cholesterol and
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