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satisfaction of statisticians.
Is that in the wind?
Well, I don't know how far along, I'm not clear about it.
Asto the high blood pressure campaign, on July 24, as a result
of our meeting with Secretary Richardson earlier in the spring a
couple of times, we -- the National Heart Institute called a meeting
of many groups in the field of heart and blood pressure, people
presumed to be interested in it, and had a press briefing the next day.
Unfortunately it was a day -- the 24th of July -- oh, it was a the day
the Eagleton disaster --
-- it was a Monday, wasn't it, and youhad gone down for this meeting.
Yes, and the Eagleton story blocked out any coverage of the
hypertension story. Richardson didn't say how much money he was
going to spend on it, and now he's had another meeting in the last
-- on the 15th of January, where he did say something about, had
two million dollars in the budget for educating people on high blood
pressure. But he has found that there's a substantial vote among
all groups, including all heart association groups and medical groups,
that something should be done about screening and treating for high
blood pressure. It's far from being done yet, but there is a real
interest to do something. The tragedy is of course that Richardson is
leaving HEW and going to be Secretary of Defense, and we have
a budget cutter, Casper Weinberger coming in to be Secretary of HEW.
I saw Richardson at a dinner that Ress Perot gave, Saturday
night, and he said that he had talked to Casper Weinberger about the
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