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mental illness. We felt that a good job had been done this? by an appearance at the right moment and would pay off for the Department of Mental Hygiene of the State, as I had a specific plan as to how the 10 million dollars should be spent. Whenever one has a specific plan for anything to hand to people who have nothing to offer themselves, they may object to the details but it's hard for them not to accept the idea.

Q:

You learned that a long time ago, Mrs. Lasker?

Lasker:

Yes, yes.

Q:

It gives you a distinct advantage.

Lasker:

As part of our efforts to increase medical research in the United States, I was naturally interested in the Democratic platform for 1956. Paul Butler, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called an advisory group on the 10th of July, 1956 for the Democratic platform on health, education and welfare in Washington. Lister Hill was asked to be chairman of the group, and he asked for ideas from all present for the Democratic platform committee as a whole to pass on. I sent in some ideas, but the major ones...

Q:

His request was made in advance?

Lasker:

Yes, of the convention.



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