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The Mary Lasker Papers

[Mary Lasker at the first meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board at the National Cancer Institute]
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Lasker had successfully lobbied in the late 1940s for the establishment of scientific advisory councils that guided the direction of NIH by approving research grants made by individual institutes. These councils included laypersons as well as physicians and scientists. For many years, Lasker was the only woman on the NIH scientific advisory councils on which she served. Morris Fishbein, editor of Medical World News, wrote that Lasker was "acutely sensitive to the prejudice that she is only a lay woman in a world of men and scientists." Nevertheless, she served on the National Advisory Cancer Council for over twenty years, and learned to use her position to push NIH to support new scientific fields, such as cancer chemotherapy.
Standing from left to right: Dr. James Watson, Dr. Kenneth Krabbenhoft, Dr. Clarke Wescoe, Dr. James L. Gilmore(?), Dr. Philippe Shubik, Dr. Wendell Scott, Dr. John Hartmann, Mrs. Lasker, Dr. Sol Spiegelman, Dr. Leonard E. Laster, Dr. Irving London, Dr. Sidney Farber, Dr. Jonathan Rhoads, Dr. Carl Baker, Mr. Benno Schmidt, Dr. John Hogness, Mr. Donald Johnson, Dr. Arnold Brown, Dr. Gerald Murphy, Dr. Harold Rusch, Dr. William Shingleton, Dr. Lyndon Lee, Dr. Leon Jacobson, and Dr. Murray Angevine.
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1 (289,768 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
20-22 March 1972
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
Courtesy of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
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Cancer Wars
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Series: Series III
SubSeries: Photographs
Folder: Mary Lasker at first meeting of National Advisory Board, March 1972
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