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Democratic Study Club in the Congress, on the House side.
Chaired by this Congressman from Indiana?
No longer. It's chaired by a man called Donald Frazer, Congressman
Frazer of Minnesota. Brademas of Indiana had been the head of it.
Mike and I met with Brademas, Frazer, O'Hara, Frank Thompson of New Jersey,
and Hugh Carey of New York, and we told them of the difficulties that
we had with getting any increases in medical research or in health
appropriations. They, in a general way, sounded very sympathetic.
We decided to hold a meeting in May, a dinner meeting at Ambassador
and Mrs. Blair's house in Washington, and have these gentlemen
present, and ask Congressman Blatnik, Congressman Preyer, and
Congressman Dingell of Michigan, the son of the Dingell who was a cosponsor
of the Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill in the .
We held this meeting one pleasant night in May, around the middle
of May, and we invited Dr. Catzias, who discovered the usefulness of
L-Dopa in Parkinsonism, and Dr. Mike DeBakey, Dr. Signey Farber, who
was an authority on cancer research, and --
-- all the big guns --
-- yes, several other doctors, to talk with these gentlemen
about what the potentials are and what needs to be done in the field
of research, what the undone work is, and how much it needs support.
How the general field of cander and heart research needs support.
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