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States. The testimony came from people in the Selective Service
and others who pointed out that the rejection rate for people entering
the armed services was about 40 percent, due to inadequate medical
care, lack of treatment and cures due to insufficient medical
research. People had a variety of things, including tuberculosis,
which was then not easily curable.
That evening, Dr. Cornelius Rhodes, then a colonel in the
Army and the head of the Chemical Warfare Services, and on leave
from Memorial Hospital, dined with Florence and me. We explained
to him that we were anxious to secure legislation for medical
research in the United States, but that we needed a competent
medical authority to go with us and explain this need to Senator
Pepper, because Senator Pepper thought we were very nice but what
did we know about the need for medical research; we certainly
Rhodes resisted the idea that Federal funds should be
made available for civilian medical problems, but by the time
we finished. . .
On what basis?
Well, it was just a new idea to him.
And didn't seem practical.
No, he just had never heard of it; it was unheard of.
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