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Lasker:

Yes, they think it's for people who have mild tension states.

Q:

Well, almost like aspirin that people take these things now.

Lasker:

Yes. Actually people may take Miltown that way but on the whole people don't take Serpasil or Thorazine that way very much, because it's hard to get prescriptions for them. They have to go to doctors to get prescriptions.

Q:

Yes, but my point is that these other derivatives--Miltown could be called one--are in such general use for such trivial reasons sometimes that the more important usage is forgotten.

Lasker:

I agree.

Another indirect result of the activities of the Committee Against Mental Illness was the Western Governors Conference which passed a series of resolutions similar to those of the big Governors Conference in Detroit. Governor Meyner of New Jersey sent a supplementary message to his legislature in '55 which showed an insight and determination to take action which was entirely new and in which he gives credit to the Detroit Governors Conference which our Committee had stimulated.

With the election of Governor Harriman, whom I had supported in November of '54, as Governor of New York, I felt that I had a real duty to urge him to do more about mental illness in the State of New York. The state mental hospitals



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