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In October he got a heart attack and after that contracted pneumonia. Now, in these
days the heart attack could probably have been taken care of much more effectively
with anti-coagulants, and certainly pneumonia would have been taken care of in a man
his age by penicillin or one of the antibiotics, so if it had happened even a few
years later, in '46 say, he'd probably be alive. But he was ill just at the moment
when medicine wasn't ready to help him adequately.
This, undoubtedly, made its impact on you, too.
Oh, it made a great impact on me, and I remember going to his funeral and feeling
very bitter about it. I felt that he probably hadn't been well enough taken care of,
but I didn't know specifically what could have been done. Now I know that maybe the
knowledge wasn't in hand but that had he just lived a little longer he probably could
have been saved.
Well, Franklin Roosevelt was, of course, overwhelmingly elected in '44, and by this
time, as I recall, I voted for him in '44. Between the election in '40 and the one in
'44, I'd become a friend of Anna Rosenberg and Judge and Mrs. Rosenman and Mrs.
Roosevelt, and my whole knowledge and feeling about politics were incredibly more
educated and had changed completely.
How did Mr. Lasker feel about this shift of allegiance?
Oh, he didn't mind because he really agreed, and had he
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