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which, if taken 20 days a month, gives 100 percent protection against pregnancy. And
whether this pill or not is used throughout the world, this or one of its descendants
will be, and should change the birth rate in all countries where they want to change
it. It's really one of the staggering accomplishments of our times, and I'm greatly
impressed with Dr. Pincus and his co-workers for it, and grateful.
Grateful, and yet it's unfortunate that you weren't in on this because you've been
interested so long in that area.
Although the effort to get funds for medical research in New York State continued,
just getting Dr. Hoch into the job wasn't enough. The minute he got into the job he
became a bureaucrat who was afraid to ask for more money than what he was already
being given by the Governor and the State Legislature. So, I decided that I would try
to promote the idea a little bit from the outside. I also was anxious to interest
Averell in the need for more money, state money, for research in heart disease and
cancer. Dr. Hilleboe was the Commissioner of Health at the time and two and a half
million dollars was being spent for cancer research at Roswell Park Hospital in
Buffalo, operated by the State, and only $150,000 for heart research, although heart
was the main cause of death in the state.
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