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The Mary Lasker Papers

Title:
Letter from Mary Lasker to James A. Shannon pdf (59,691 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Mary Lasker to James A. Shannon
Description:
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.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (59,691 Bytes)
Date:
1957-04-30 (April 30, 1957)
Creator:
Lasker, Mary
Recipient:
Shannon, James A.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Source:
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Research Support as Topic
Exhibit Category:
Mary Lasker and the Growth of the National Institutes of Health
Box Number:
215
Unique Identifier:
TLBBGX
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Series I
SubSeries: Topical Files
Folder: National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1951-1982
Transcript:
April 30th, 1957
Dear Dr. Shannon:
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.
With all best wishes,
Yours,
Mrs. Albert D. Lasker
Chairman
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