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Interview Series II, # 12

Interviewee: Mrs. Mary Lasker
Interviewer: John T. Mason, Jr.
Date: January 26, 1973
New York City


As usual, it's pleasant indeed to see you, Mrs. Lasker; I've been looking forward to this session and some more knowledge on the interesting activities you've been engaged in. We last met in July, 1972. Do you want to take up the story at that point?

Mrs. Lasker:

I stayed at home the summer of '72 instead of going to France and to the Villa Fierentina, for the first time in 16 years, because of the illness of Al Fordyce, my sister's husband. He was suffering with cancer of the prostate. He first had symptoms of it 4 1/2 years before, and had been greatly relieved by a drug -- a Sterling Drug designated as SH 7 -14, psytoproterone, which helped him and a few other people, but which is by no means universally helpful. Fortunately it did give Al about four years of complete relief. Five and a half years ago now he had had a urinary obstruction which was found to be due to a tumor, a cander, and so we thought he would have to be operated on which would have been extremely serious for him, as he had a very bad heart condition.


He did at that time.

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