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infection. I lost part of my hearing from a big infection in '68.

Q:

Parkinson's Disease they strongly suspect is traceable to the 1918 epidemic.

Lasker:

Certainly sleeping sickness was.

Q:

Parkinson's also.

Lasker:

There was an epidemic of sleeping sickness that resulted in a neurological condition that was certainly Parkinson's. About the Lasker awards -- do you want to hear about that?

Q:

Yes, I do, but before that: you told me last year that you had been reappointed to the advisory board of the Cancer Institute for a term that ends in 1980. Tell me of any interesting developments on that board.

Lasker:

Well, the board is largely dominated by basic researchers who really hate the thought of anything to do with clinical research, and I'm constantly frustrated by the fact that they don't want to even hear about it or stop it and they want as little money spent on clinical research as possible. That's



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