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Mrs. Lasker:

Well, I'll tell you, the only facilities that are in began for publicity are the publicists of any drug company that happens to have such a product, and ourselves.

Q:

You mean the Lasker Foundation.

Mrs. Lasker:

Yes. The voluntary agencies are not at all forward looking in any of these things, and unless it was something that was very much settled, as a drug cancer or anti-arteriosclerosis, none of the voluntary agencies would really go all the way out. And even then they'll be more influenced by the few doctors that'll say “maybe it doesn't work” than to publicize it of it does work. For instance, the Mental Health Association never publicizes drugs, never pushed the idea of drugs, whereas we did through our Committee Against Mental Illness, in the mental illness field. We're just looking for opportunities all the time, to see if there is something of great importance. For instance, this Parkinson's drug, if it's shown to be successful on another two or three hundred people, ought to be widely publicized. Well, that's something that we could have some influence on.

Q:

And you have now been in this field so long, you know all the avenues and all the tricks of publicizing -- a great advantage.



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