The series of letters between Fogarty, Rep. George Mahon, John Heller (NCI), Surgeon General Leroy Burney, and James Shannon
concerned an inquiry regarding progress in understanding and treating leukemia, and new ideas about possible viral etiology
of the cancer.
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1958-10-21 (October 21, 1958)
Fogarty, John E.
United States House of Representatives
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Redefining the Federal Role in Public Health, Medical Research, and Education, 1949-1960
Letter from George Mahon to John E. Fogarty (September 19, 1958)
Letter from James A. Shannon to John E. Fogarty (October 8, 1958)
Memorandum from J. R. Heller to Leroy Burney (September 29, 1958)
Box Number: 46
Folder Number: 580
October 21, 1958
The substance of your letter of September 19th has been brought to the attention
of Dr. Shannon and his staff at the National Institutes of Health. They inform me
that a recent memorandum concerning the status of leukemia research was prepared
by Dr. Heller, Director of the National Cancer Institute, for the Surgeon General
of the Public Health Service for transmission and it seems to me to set forth the
current situation as viewed by the National Institutes of Health.
As you are aware, I am intensely interested in accelerating research in cancer and
from all I learn, there is real hope in the next few years for a breakthrough in
knowledge of the cause and treatment of leukemia. At the same time however, we
must be prepared to expect that research in this area will require the utmost in
patience, effort and imagination before we can expect to have answers which can be
translated in terms of saving human lives.