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medical research, but that it would add to the average length of life of people all over the world, and this appealed to his imagination. He's basically and deeply a humanitarian himself, and although not at all educated he's highly intelligent and is very articulate whenever he wants to assert himself. No praise could be too great for what these two men have done in the field of medical research. We could have done the same things, but if we hadn't been able to interest them and if other men had been chairmen of the subcommittees, we could never have gotten nearly as far; the same amounts of money wouldn't be available today. And the truth is that we're preeminent in the world in medical research, inadequate as it is, because of this catenation of people and circumstances.

Q:

And there can be no retrogression in this area, even though these two men pass from the scene.

Lasker:

Well, there could be. These amounts of money could be cut and they could be quite heavily cut, but I doubt they could be cut in half very easily, or certainly not quickly. It could dwindle away should they pass from the scene, but even if the funds were out inhalf, it's still more money than has ever been known in the history of mankind that we spend on medical research and to educate people to do research. There's no country that comes anywhere near approaching it. France has just recently, according to de Gaulle, decided to give one-half of one percent of the defense budget over to cancer research. Now, that's only



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