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of surgeons quite substantially.

Q:

There's always this sort of conflict of interest, isn't there, between what should appear in the press, and what doctors are doing.

Lasker:

That's right. That's right. Another thing that has seemed to me of great interest was that was that for a long time, about four years -- I think I've mentioned it before -- I've been interested in what one could do about reducing or eliminating causes of mental retardation. It was shown that German measles caused about 20,000 -- the birth of about 20,000 retarded or deformed children in the last epidemic, which was in '63 -'64.

Q:

This is when the mother acquires the measles.

Lasker:

Yes, if the mother gets German measles in the first trimester of pregnancy. I talked to Dr. Sydney Farber and to the leaders of the Cerebral Palsy Association, and said that I felt that we ought to give some help to the development of a vaccine in this area. Fortunately, Farber discovered that two groups had identified a , but weren't doing anything particular, -- had identified the virus, but weren't doing anything particular about making a vaccine with it. They just sat with their particular, piece of information and didn't care about vaccine.

Miraculously, in spite of the fact that a number of drugx houses did and have been working on a vaccine, two men



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