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from the federal government to divide between 50 states -- not a great deal of money -- to do some work, especially clinical work: you know, treating people. And they do spend some money on research in blood pressure at the National Heart Institute. We did get the state of New York to pass a bill in the field of high blood pressure, and they were going to set up a high blood pressure institute for research in high blood pressure in the state.

Q:

That was last year.

Lasker:

Yes. But it passed within the last six months, and they actually got a little money appropriated. I think they got. . . They were supposed to have gotten $2 million.

Q:

State funds.

Lasker:

State funds. And I asked Morgado, Governor Carey's chief assistant, would we get the $2 million, and he said we would. Now, I believe they'd just cut it down to $500,000. Isn't that lousy? It's the major cause of death in the state. . .I mean heart disease and stroke.

Q:

And what portion of the $15 million will the state of New York get?

Lasker:

Well, it probably will get the highest per capita amount; $15 million is a very small amount.



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