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Lasker:

Yes. That's a separate heading. The Lasker Foundation gave awards to a group of basic scientists, Dr. Brenner, Dr. Benzer, and Dr. Yanofsky, for their work in the field of genetics, and Dr. Ed Fries got the clinical award for his astonishing work which should have done by the Heart Institute long years ago but finally was done by the Veterans Administration. Fries and his group showed that you could save the lives of maybe 65 percent of the people who had moderate hypertension if you would treat them with known anti-hypertension drugs. They wouldn't go on to heart attacks and strokes. You could protect about 65 percent of the people. Now, that's an awful lot. That's really marvelous. Marvelous.

Q:

And it's the common sense approach.

Lasker:

Yes. He's very skilled clinically and he made excellent appeal to make this public health, national, everybody should have their blood pressure taken and that they should be treated, and they shouldn't just be treated when the blood pressure was all out of control. They should be treated when it was considered moderately high. Now, this has never been -- most doctorapooh pooh moderately high blood pressure as a danger, and he showed that it is a danger and should be treated.

Then another thing that we did this year -- oh, here's a letter to Fries from Nixon congratulating him on the Lasker Award. Now, that's something, isn't it?

Q:

And I'm to have this for the record?

Lasker:

Yes. And this year after many years of struggle, the



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