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who were brought from Washington. Nobody said anything really
striking. I said that what we needed from them was to make more
of an effort to try to get money for the Cancer Institute so that
the money didn't dwindle, and of course that was a novel thought.
They never thought that they should do anything about money, especially
not now when the President doesn't want money spent.
But they thought it was a good idea nonetheless?
No. Some of them thought it was a good idea. It's really
very funny. They don't realize that all the money that's been
gotten for the National Institutes of Health, which totaled up
to the end of last year to $52 billion, that 29% of that money is
given in overhead to the universities and medical schools that do
the research. They have an organization called the American
Medical Colleges. . .the Medical Colleges of America, I guess it's
called. . .AMC it's generally talked of as. They were against
another institute, such as the Arthritis Institute, that would be
standing alone as a big effort against arthritis, from which 36
million people suffer. They didn't want to have another institute
that they somehow or other thought would take money away from
something they were already doing. And they didn't realize that
the more money we got they got 29% on. That really supported
the medical schools and the existence of research efforts in the
United States. None of the medical school deans could have. . .
what's 32% of $52 billion?
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