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And when I found that there was no effort whatever being made by the Federal Government in this major cause of death--almost 50 percent of the people were dying of this, and it was just considered the will of God, which God knows it was not and is not--I was furious, as usual.

I considered various means of how to attract attention to this deficit. In '47, between '46 and '47, I spent some time with my husband in, Florida, and then I went to Washington and spoke to Senator Pepper about the need for a heart research bill similar to the cancer research bill which had been passed in 1936 but which, as I explained, didn't have any money at all, not more than 500,000 dollars until fiscal '46.

Pepper said he would be glad to introduce a bill for heart research and asked me what I had in mind, and then I stopped in Cincinnati on the way to California to visit Mrs. Brody. I remember it was the 8th of February, 1947. I mailed a draft of the bill very similar to the cancer research bill, providing for a hundred million dollars to be set aside in a fund, to be available until spent; for a group of experts drawn from all over the world to be brought together in one place or a number of places; and provided with funds to make extensive research in the field of heart diseases and circulation.

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Mrs. Lasker, as you did this and prepared this, did you consult with any medical people on the feasibility?



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