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I didn't consider it a madness at all. I thought
it was a madness to have--in that year
we had a total of a million seven
hundred and twelve thousand for cancer
research, up from 546 thousand the year
before, and I thought it was high time
we got to treating the second cause of
death with some seriousness.
Was your point of view supported by any medical
Well, the doctors were taking it. This is very
surprising to most doctors.
However, the hearings were held in June of ‘46 in
the Senate, Pepper held them, and
Albert, Mr. James Adams and Dr. C.P.
Rhoads of Memorial did go and testify.
It was decided, however, that another
bill should be drawn to replace the
general statement in the Neely-Pepper
bill, Albert and other members of the
Cancer Society were determined that the
bill should be independent of the Public
Health Service at that moment, because
the Public Health Service had taken so
little interest in being energetic about
medical research at that time. They had
showed so little interest over the last
ten years in getting any substantial
funds or getting any large effort going.
The National Cancer Institute Bill had passed in
1937 and between 1937 and ‘46 the
largest amount of money annually that
had been asked for was $546,000. In
fiscal ‘46--‘47, they asked for
$1,712,000 as a result of our maneuvers.
No funds had been asked for the
education of doctors or for cancer
clinics or for
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