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introduced by people who evidently heard
of the success of the Heart Institute
and the Cancer Institute and the Mental
Health Institute and they wanted to see
something done about these other areas.
We had had nothing to do with them.
The Senate was in a quandry about what to do with
all these bills. The Public Health
Service was also in a quandry. Dr.
Norman Topping, who was then the Deputy
Surgeon General, I think, and who is now
the President of the University of
Southern California, was opposed to
additional health institutes. For what
reason, I don't know, except that he
said that the administration of them was
too complicated. Personally, I thought
that the complications of adminstration
were not half as complicated as the
sufferings of the people who had the
diseases, but the Public Health Service
was not terribly motivated by the
anxieties about human sufferings; they
just didn't want to have too much
trouble, I fear.
What committee did these bills get referred to?
Health and Education in the Senate?
They got referred to Murray's committee; it was
Labor and Public Welfare, I think. As
Murray was a friend of ours we thought
there would be no trouble about the
reporting of the bill, which indeed
there wasn't. Pepper was the chairman of
the subcommittee and he heard the bills
first. Arthritis at the time was
estimated to afflict between seven and a
half million and
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