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Federal Government on diseases related to military service, such
as malaria and other tropical diseases. But the Committee on
Medical Research of the Office of Scientific Research and Development
was going to come to an end at the end of the war, and we
thought, because it was now the summer of '44 and there had been
a successful landing in France, that the end was fairly well in
Was Senator Pepper truly interested in this subject himself,
or was it your interest which evoked his?
Well, it was our interest that eventually evoked his
interest. After a while, he got interested himself, very much so.
But the initial thing was to do something in return for our
interest and help to him in a political way, because I'm sure none of this
would have happened had we not been able to help. He would have
thought it was a fine idea, but so what, you know.
Politicians are pragmatists.
But later on, the more he fought and helped us, the more
interested and involved he himself became, and he made an enormous contribution
to the beginning of the Institutes of Health, tremendous. It can't
be overestimated, what he did.
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