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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
And it's the common sense approach.
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?
And I'm to have this for the record?
Yes. And this year after many years of struggle, the
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