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Q:

Who instigated the bill?

Lasker:

The bill is an administration bill, and Johnson put only $50 million in the budget for it, and in order to get very much more than that you'd have to drop an atomic bomb from him.

Q:

You mentioned a private conversation you had with him not so long ago in which you discussed this subject. How great is his interest?

Lasker:

He's very interested in seeing the passage of all the legislation that he has initiated, and I had talked to him, as I think I told you, just recently about the need for establishing task forces in these centers proposed by the bill for better treatment and trial of drugs for breast cancer, for cancer of the lung, for cancer of the intestines, various forms of cancer endocrine aspects of cancer and for clinical trials of various drugs in heart disease and in stroke and for a task force for an artificial heart, so that these centers wouldn't just be centers for people who are getting advanced treatment but really getting a lot of nembutal and no new ideas, no new clinical ideas being used at all, because this can happen, you know, where you get into a big institution and the head of



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