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It seems to me that the whole course of mankind depends on intelligent ability to limit the size of people's families, from every possible point of view: economic, emotional and every other point of view.

But the prejudice against it was so large, the difficulties of moving it so great, that I thought: “I'm too frustrated with this. Maybe if I do something else for a while, I can get more done.” And I started to think about what was going on in medical research in other areas. I came across, I think in the early spring or winter of 1944, a book by a man called Gray, I think, which influenced me greatly. It was a discussion about what are we doing about medical research and how much was being spent in the war effort by the Federal Government and how much was being done generally in the field of medicine.


Was this man a doctor?


I think he was a reporter. It was a well-written and well-documented book. I think his name was Gray. And I read that the only research of any consequence that was going on, by the Federal Government for the war effort, was being done by through the Office of Scientific Research and Development, the office that Richards headed. It had a small appendage called the Office of Medical Research, run by a man called Dr. Lou Weed. The Office of Scientific Research and Development was an appendage to the Office of the Presidency; it wasn't part of any other agency. It was

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