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six weeks.

Q:

It course to me that this is a very healthy development. We have a tremendous amount of research underway in this country in this area, but research on a large scale in European countries would perhaps attack the problem from a different angle.

Lasker:

Well, some of it would be from a different angle, and in any case, whatever is done it won't be too much and it won't be too fast. The total research effort in England was on the order of 16 million dollars for all forms of medical research about a year ago, and I doubt very much that it's increased much since I talked to the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Maudling, this summer, and he wasn't at all receptive to the idea of the need for more money for medical research. This seems ludicrous, but I spoke to him myself. I will say it was at a luncheon in the south of France and maybe he wasn't anxious to discuss how to spend British money there.

I talked to Butler once when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. I talked to Lord Salisbury when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. I talked to Cripps when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. None of them showed the slightest interest in medical research, and England has limped along in this area, with no lay interest in the area at all.

Now, I don't say that if I had lived in England and spent a lot of time getting the friends of these men interested and in surrounding the Prime Minister and doing a lot of the



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