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Institute. These were the first construction funds ever given by the Federal Government for the construction of research facilities against heart disease as the main cause of death among people in the United States. There were one out of every two deaths in 1949 due to cardiovascular diseases, but especially by arteriosclerosis. We felt that the money wasn't much but it was a start and more than had ever been done before.

Q:

Were were the facilities to be set up?

Lasker:

I have a list here. “The following is a list of institutions that have received research construction funds from the Heart Institute as a result of this effort: California, University of California...”Don't you think we should just attach it?

Q:

Yes.

Lasker:

Now, in April, '49, another very sensational thing, as far as I was concerned, occurred, in addition to the Senate fight, a thing in which I had never participated before. I had never organized a counter-move on an appropriations committee by people who were in on the appropriations committee. I don't think Magusson, I know Pepper, and I know Murray, and I know Neeley, weren't on the appropriations committees--these were all outsiders who were making an attack to do something on the Appropriations Committee and without the consent of Bridges we probably would not have made it,



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