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Pepper and Senator Bridges to sponsor a bill for research
in heart disease in 1948, which was passed in June of '48
and which by hook and by crook Mrs. Mahoney and Mrs. Hoffman
and I got signed by the President, Truman, who was on a
campaign train and when it was very difficult to net the
bill to him...
It had to go by special courier.
Yes, it had to go in a pouch and practically be dropped
on the train. It any rate, this was because I realized that
although there was no money being spent at all on heart research,
it was the main cause of death. The main cause of heart diseases
is artherio-scleroscis and very little was being done
about it, still too little now, but at least the federal
government now is spending around $125 million a year
and at that time it was spending about zero in '48.
One year Mrs. Mahoney and I were coming back from
Europe--I think it was about 1956--on the United States, and
we met two friends of hers, Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Luro.
And on one of those nights when you're dining with people and
you're in the middle of the sea and there's nothing else to
do and they ask you a question, you finally answer the question
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