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is ashamed to admit that it took the TV industry to
really get anything going. So it's a very funny anomaly.
I don't know . . .
Of course Califano was totally opposed to tying
high blood pressure on to the educational campaign or
doing anything about it, and never really got behind it,
because he said oh well, the drugs made men impotent.
Yes. Well, it's true that some drugs make some
people impotent, but the truth is that if that's the case
a person can change to another drug or another dosage, and
it is not a reason to die from a stroke. Also you don't need
to be impotent. However, you couldn't get this across
to Califano because he knew everything.
Now Patricia Harris, now Secretary of Health and
Human Resources, I went to see this spring, and she was
not at all well informed, but she was sympathetic, and she
knew that blacks had more high blood pressure than
whites. She was sympathetic to the idea, and they are
now talking about making it a major sort of point in their
program. They've never done anything big about it in the
highest echelons of what is now called Health and Human
Services Department, first because of Califano.
Yes, but if you related the problem to the black race in
that fashion it must be a very telling point with her.
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