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the death rate and the disability rate from, high blood pressure, in the form of reducing strokes and heart attacks.

Q:

This was part of your role as a member of that Citizens Committee.

Lasker:

Yes. And so I did get the Senate to put 22 million dollars in for this purpose, earmarked for the purpose of demonstration of control of high blood pressure. Unfortunately, this earmarked money was not agreed to in the House-Senate conference, and the Emergency Medical Bill -- got in, and this section of the report was dropped. So although the additional money was in, so we got additional money, the 22 million, the words identifying blood pressure demonstrations and control got dropped, so we now have only sort of a moral claim on Heart Institute to put money in this.

Q:

Where might it go otherwise?

Lasker:

There's sufficient words agreed to in the goint conference on emergency medical services -- in other words, ambulances and other emergency services that Cranston wanted -- so I didn't finish my job as I should. I should have stayed with Mr. Flood every minute to see that we didn't lose that. Isn't that something?

Q:

Last January when you were giving a resume of activities of the previous six months, you talked about Elliott Richardson who was still at HEW, and leaving for Defense, and the fact that he was coming around to that point of view, coming around to the point where he was helping to publicize --



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