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November 15, 1962, Interview No. 5


Mrs. Lasker, it's good to be back with you again. Last time, when you broke off your conversation, you were talking about the efforts made by the Federal Government during the war to promote research in the field of malaria, because of the pressure of the situation in the Pacific. Do you want to go on at that point?


Yes. The main effort for medical research by the United States was at the time of the war and done through the Office of Scientific Research and Development, and its appendage, the Office of Medical Research. I was very interested in the fact that they had made progress against malaria, and I inquired as to how long this legislation would be in effect. I was told that the Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Medical Research would end with the ending of the war. This seemed very serious to me, because I felt that the United States should have an on-going scientific effort in all areas of science and a substantial one in the area of medical research.

By this time, I was very discouraged by the progress I, myself, could aid in making through the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. I think I described to you the resistance of the press and people who made it very difficult for the problem to be even made known about or even thought about.

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