Although Shannon appreciated Lasker's instrumental role in promoting the rapid growth of the National Institutes of Health
in the quarter-century after World War II, he criticized her for trying to meddle in the operation of NIH and to impose her
personal research priorities on the agency. For her part, Lasker suspected Shannon of a bias towards basic over clinical
research. Their relationship was distant, and Lasker visited Shannon in his office only once. Another NIH director and a
deputy director received Lasker awards; Shannon never did.
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1957-04-30 (April 30, 1957)
Shannon, James A.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Research Support as Topic
Mary Lasker and the Growth of the National Institutes of Health
With regard to the information furnished to us by the National Heart Institute covering fiscal 1956 research support granted
by the Institute in the field of arteriosclerosis and cerebral vascular disease, we would be delighted to have a revised and
higher estimate of research in this vital area. [Handwritten: It seems that much larger funds could be concentrated here effective
with the research leads]
Considering the staggering and increasing toll exacted each year by arteriosclerosis, it would be very encouraging to hear
of expanded research activities against it. However, we can only put out such data as we have been able to extract from the
various major sources interested in specific disease categories and trust that they are giving us accurate statistics.