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Lasker:

Yes, I think it has. I think you're right, it has, but I think it would be even more useful if they had been willing to encompass the idea that you could use drugs plus analysis and psychotherapy and get even more results faster for more people, because the whole business of the time and expense involved is something that is crucial for many people for their whole lives. And the Menninger Hospital in Topeka is enormously expensive.

Q:

And it's all done there on the individual basis.

Lasker:

Yes.

The Menningers and Franz Alexander have been the leading trainers of young men in the field of analysis and these young men will, in turn, be the leaders for the more substantial drive against mental illness, which I hope is presently shaping itself.

Now, I'd like to head the next section as the beginning of our efforts to establish the National Mental Health Institute.

Q:

Before you do that, are you planning to say something about Dr. Alexander himself and his work on the Coast?

Lasker:

Dr. Alexander has been working in Mt. Sinai Hospital on emotional factors in relation to physical reactions and even at the age of 75 he's really a vigorous leader in the field of psychiatry still. He does very few private analyses and spends most of his time writing and doing research



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