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We just gave them the money to get it started and we never were on the board or
involved in the campaigns.
This was the sort of thing that Odlum would understand.
The Arthritis Foundation is supposed to put 25 percent of what it raises into
research. I don't know how soon they actually did put 25 percent into research, but
that was the original formula.
This was at your insistence.
This, in any case, was the first lay organization, lay-plus-medical organization,
that has ever attempted to make an effort to ease the misery of people with
We interested Emerson Flote in going on the Board in '48 and urged Norman Winter to
be a publicity director. Norman only lasted about a year and a half and himself
became ill and was unable to go on, but I'm sure he did a great deal of valuable work
in the beginning. Neither Albert nor I were connected with it officially.
Fortunately, in the spring of 1949 a marvelous thing happened, and that was the
announcement by Phillip Hensch and Edward Kendell of Mayo's that arthritis could be
treated with cortisone and ACTH. This brought a great step forward of hope and
progress in the field. Neither of these compounds are cures, but they cause temporary
remissions of pain and of the disease and they made many people able to go back to
work and to live again,
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