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the demands of people as expressed by Congress. It has and does. What concerns the NIH leadership as that there are too many recent instances, in which the agency has seemed to be footdragging.” Now questation. “We shouldn't have to wait for Congress or for outside special interest groups to come and tell us we ought to be devoting more time to cancer or hypertensions,” says a staff member in the director's office. “We should have a mechanism for getting turned into these demands early so we can exercise some kind of leadership, not end up just desperately running errands in the biomedical field.” Doesn't it boggle the mind?

Q:

It does.

Lasker:

Doesn't it make you worry for your life?

Well, there's some evidence of the need for outsiders to go speak to Mr. Richardson.

Q:

But it is outsiders who supply the leadership.

Lasker:

But I don't want to supply the leadership. I can do something else. I don't have to do this, you know. It's not the only thing that intereste me. It just interests me because no one else is doing it.

The other thing that was very exciting was that on the 30th of May Breznev and President Nixon agreed on a joint communique marking the end of the President's state visit, and they agreed on cooperation of --

Q:

This is Breznev of Russia --

Lasker:

Yes. Cooperation in health, especially in the field of



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