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One of the functions of the Committee, we decided, should be to urge the governors of
the various states to make a survey of research and training in their states. Mike
Gorman and Lyn Adams went to Tennessee, to attend the National Conference of
Governors in 1952. Between them they persuaded Mennen Williams, then the Governor of
Michigan, and Governor McMath of Oklahoma and some other friendly governors to
introduce a resolution for a large survey of research and training in the 48 states.
This resolution passed, and it became the duty of the staff of the Council of State
Governors to do the report. The report finally appeared in the spring of '53. It was
a good job, a splendid summary, stating that existing research in mental illness was
The state governors at a Detroit conference in '54 signed a 10 point statement
pledging the support of a progressive mental health and hospital program based on
treatment, training and research, and I have a summary of what the recommendations
Mrs. Lasker, was a representative of your Committee present at that conference?
Yes. Mike Gorman and Florence Mahoney were at the conference and they really urged
and secured the passage of this resolution.
This is really an interesting development, of the technique
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