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work, but he still is one of greatest analysts alive and
is just like a great surgeon in cutting through problems and
revealing what he thinks the basis of people's neurotic drives
are to themselves.
And he's now confined to the West Coast?
Yes, he's there entirely.
Well, in connection with the beginning of our efforts to
establish the Mental House Institute, around 1942 or '43
Blanch Ittelson, Mrs. Henry Ittleson, asked me to be a member of
the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, which was then the
only so-called national voluntary agency in the mental illness
field. There was a group of psychiatrists and laymen who were
very decent and well intentioned but did not have the knowledge
nor skill for fund raising or propaganda that was needed to
make an important voluntary agency out of it.
Where was it centered?
In New York.
I tried in various ways to improve its situation but was
unsuccessful. The only important thing that got accomplished
was the National Mental Health Institute Bill and that finally
went through the Senate because Florence and I had influence
with Senator Pepper and I had paid for a lobbyist to watch the
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