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doesn't -- the committees are not made up of people interested in this subject either. The committee is Just sort of a shield for whoever does the final appointing. Really, it's quite a way to run a railroad:

Q:

I guess so. Tell me about any new developments in the field of geriatrics.

Lasker:

Well, this is really the field of geriatrics. Arteriosclerosis is the main cause of aging, I think. Anti-hypertensive drugs do prevent the onset of strokes, and literally hundreds of thousands of people have high blood pressure who don't know it and who have strokes because they have high blood pressure and haven't realized that they have it . So one of the things we've been making an effort about is to have hypertensive clinics extended through the Regional Medical Program system, and to reduce the number of strokes by greater use of anti-hypertensive drugs. Now, this idea is just barely beginning to catch hold in one Regional Medical Program circles.

Q:

So that would mean people could walk into such a clinic and have the proper tests made?

Lasker:

Yes -- oh, certainly, It's the easiest thing in the world to



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