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at study on people who have not yet had heart attacks. This was thwarted in the House by the House Committee, although recommended by the Senate, letter was sent, believe it or not, by Dirksen and signed by Percy saying that they were opposed to a study of this kind. It turns out that another product called oloxin, made by the Flint Laboratories in Morton's Grove. Illinois, must have asked Dirksen and Percy to oppose this, as did a Michael from Illinois. Imagine a pharmaceutical house just getting a Congressman to oppose this, just arbitratily.

Q:

Michael was their Congressman, and the two Senators.

Lasker:

Yes. Not for any reason, they were just opposed.

Q:

Because it was competition for their product?

Lasker:

Yes. And I asked Percy about it, and he said he couldn't remember signing the letter, but he said, “It's possible I did it, because Dirksen so rarely asks me to do him a favor.”

In such ways are the lives of people tinkered with.

Q:

It has ever been thus in your experience with Congress, too, hasn't it?

Lasker:

Yes. Yes. Well--



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