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hastened spectacularly by this
And it all hinged on...
That one meeting, and the timing of the meeting.
In England in '53 cortisone was not yet available
to people suffering with arthritis, but
in the United States, the price of ACTH
and cortisone had dropped dramatically,
and they were essentially available to
anyone not indigent. I had to supply a
friend who was suffering from arthritis
in London, because she couldn't get it
in England; I had to send it to her as a
gift, in '53.
You said that Mr. Lasker had to be persuaded by
you to go down...
Yes, he didn't like Washington. It bored him to
go there. He felt a great deal of
frustration when he worked there, when
he tried to get a very important
shipping bill through in the '20s, and
he really was gun-shy of Washington.
But wasn't he excited by this opportunity to put
He really did it as a favor to me. He said that
if he didn't do it, I'd be terribly,
terribly distressed and distraught, and
it was easier just to go and do it.
After he did it, he was rather pleased,
but he didn't have imagination in this
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