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except for the interest that we got from Richardson, who did
allocate two million dollars to it, to do some medical education
of doctors and to do the beginning of some efforts on public
information, this hasn't really been sparked by anybody but just
a small group of us. It shows that you can't leave everything to
bureaucracies. Citizens have to be constantly in communication with
their government, or a lot of very vital things get very short
or no notice.
This is not new to you.
This is not new to me, but it seems to me that this high
blood pressure thing is so singularly strange, because it's been
known for at least 15 years that there were drugs that would lower
blood pressure, and -- but it was really Dr. Freis's article
from the Veterans' Administration four years ago which showed that even
people with moderate blood pressure should be treated, and that
there was a saving of lives even if people had slight elevations
of blood pressure, if they were treated, and that seemed to do away
with all opposition on the part of doctors, to treating people.
I don't say that they -- they don't treat people easily and many people
are not treated or screened at all, by millions in fact, but the
opposition on the part of doctors has diminished to a great
degree. They for a long time didn't want to treat anyone their
blood pressure was 220 over 140 or something like that, you know --
something was ready to burst.
Well, your small group of active citizens has done remarkable work.
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