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lipid metabolism, but the Rockefeller Foundation has never given any leadership either in cancer or heart research, really, of any substantial nature, except through the support of Memorial Hospital. They never really took the lead that was needed to be taken, considering that they had major commitments in the field of medical research over a long period of time before this.

One of their workers found a vaccine against yellow fever, Max Tyler, and one of their grants helped the development of penicillin at Oxford. But they never have taken the kind of energetic leadership to give their own funds and get other people going in these two main causes of death. It's always puzzled me. Although they've done more with other things.

Well, back to the Heart Association. Somehow or other the doctors seemed to have felt or to be held back by a fear of telling the truth about the extent of heart deaths and disabilities. They had toned the cruel facts and talked about the aspects only of the disease of the heart as a whole. This has cut down the amount of funds they've raised, in my opinion, because if they told the truth and said that was needed, people would respond; whereas if they just say everything is all right and things are very helpful and you'll probably recover from a heart attack and there are certain things you can do to rehabilitate yourself, people don't get excited. The main thing is to say that you've got a 25 percent chance to die from a heart attack if you had one, and what should be done about researching ways to prevent the initial attack.

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