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Somewhat later, I persuaded Senator Hill and Harley Staggers in the House to change the name of the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness, to the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke. This offended the new director, Dr. MoNichol, very much -- who had never heard of this plan, a physiologist of the eye who had been appointed by Shannon in order to try to prevent us from getting the Eye Institute bill passed. It was passed with the total opposition of the Public Health Service and Dr. Shannon. MoNichol was horrified by the -- the change of the name from National Neurological Institute -- National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness, to National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke. knew nothing about stroke and told me nothing could be done for stroke. Well, I was so flabbergasted that I didn't explain to him what could be done for stroke, but I hope somebody will in the meantime:

Q:

He didn't know that that was your original interest and motivation --

Lasker:

-- that's right. That's right. However, he actually was trying to form a committee to have the name changed back again, or changed to something else, But I cannot believe that he as



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