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whole United States.”

Well, this seemed to be an unpopular attitude after a while and the then head of the Public Health Service decided to replace him with Dr. Leonard Sheely. Dr. Sheely could think in bigger terms or was willing to think in bigger terms and he was very cooperative.

I knew that the Public Health Service would want a more detailed bill, but I thought it was best to start the ball rolling with a simple bill that would strike them as something that they would have to cope with on a bigger scale and then we would argue about it later. It would stir up the doctors and they would argue among themselves about what was needed and finally we would get something the following year, I thought.

Pepper, indeed, introduced this 100-million dollar heart research bill on the 16th of February, 1947--about 15 years ago. Notice of its introduction was in Albert Deutsch's column and there seemed to be some indication of low interest in it.

When we returned from California in April '47, Florence Mahoney and I went to Washington to find out whether or not there would be hearings on this heart bill. The Congress had been reorganized; it had turned Republican in the fall of '46, and Senator Pepper was no longer chairman of any committee, unfortunately for us.


He remained a ranking minority member on the committee however.

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