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totally uncontrollable and atherosclerosis is killing more than half of the people in the United States, many of them very young, and we're in a very big on-going battle. And we're also being threatened and challenged by people in organized medicine; the AMA, I think, is trying now to put brakes on the spending of research and training money with the idea of descrediting any kind of federal funds in order to help themselves against having to accept medicare. They feel that if they can discredit federal spending in the health field that that will slow down the activities on medicare. And I see evidences of this in the activities of the Fountain committee, and especially in the fact that Oren Harris said that he's going to call hearings on the National Institutes of Health in January. Oren Harris is the best friend of one of the most reactionary members of the Board of Trustees of the AMA, and I can only feel that his sudden interest is due to this kind of relationship.

So, everything is not perfect at all.

Did you have a chance to look at the Nightingale book?

Q:

I've just glanced at it. I haven't read it yet.

Lasker:

Well, you will see that she had such a hard time. I had a terrible time, but at least you can measure what we got done in terms of money. You can measure what she did in terms of a whole change in the world, but she had absolutely no help



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