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most Republicans early in the day. And he was positively in favor of the heart act, and did a variety of things which I think I've described.

I also helped Javits a little bit early because he was also interested in heart.

Q:

That was when he was in the House.

Lasker:

Yes.

Now, in 1952 Florence and I were very friendly with Mr. Truman but we never did get to know Mrs. Truman until one day we found that we were absolutely stymied by getting something in the budget, or getting anything through Mr. Truman's surgeon, who was his adviser on medical matters. Matt Connolly finally said, “Why don't you get to know Mrs. Truman.” He should have told us this years before, but he didn't, and Florence got to know Mrs. Truman as a result. Mrs. Truman was angelic and they have remained great friends.

Q:

Who was the surgeon?

Lasker:

Dr. Graham.

Q:

What was he like?

Lasker:

He was only interested in surgery and not at all in research he was a pleasant man but he absolutely had no idea about what could



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