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Mrs. Goetz brought me together with a very interesting doctor called Ben Horowitz, head of the CITY OF HOPE. Now, the CITY OF HOPE has a team of men who are doing work on recombinant DNA, which is a technique to make a bacteria make a hormone or other kind of product. They have been able to cause a bacteria to make insulin, in pure form. And this team at the CITY OF HOPE are the ones that devised the methodology of doing it. They are associated with a commercial firm called Genentech, at least some of their research is supported by them. It's an astonishing hospital and an astonishing research effort.

Q:

Where is this hospital?

Lasker:

It's outside of Los Angeles at Duarte -- near San Gabriel, and it's a research hospital which is completely free and supported by voluntary contributions, mostly from Jewish groups -- an astonishingly brilliant innovative effotrt.

Also at Mrs. Goetz's house, I met a very intelligent and interesting psychoanalyst. I haven't known many good psychoanalysts in many years socially.

Q:

They're not very adept socially, are they?

Lasker:

No. They don't usually come out much socially. But since I knew Franz Alexander, who died, and Karl Menninger, who was opposed to the giving of tranquillizing and anti-depressant drugs because he thought it ruined psychoanalysis, I haven't really had many friends in the analysis field. But this man, Dr. John Lindon, was -- is young and very intelligent, and I thought very very interesting. I was delighted to meet him.



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