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The Mary Lasker Papers

Title:
Letter from Ernst L. Wynder to Mary Lasker pdf (72,994 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Ernst L. Wynder to Mary Lasker
Number of Image Pages:
1 (72,994 Bytes)
Date:
1975-12-03 (December 3, 1975)
Creator:
Wynder, Ernst L.
American Health Foundation
Recipient:
Lasker, Mary
Source:
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Sandra M. Wynder.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Health Care Reform
Exhibit Category:
From Bench to Bedside: Mary Lasker and the Drive for "Payoff" from Medical Research
Box Number:
215
Unique Identifier:
TLBBGY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Series I
SubSeries: Topical Files
Folder: American Health Foundation, 1975-1979
Transcript:
December 3, 1975
Dear Mary :
I appreciate your calling to my attention the article by Dr. White on "How to Improve the Public Health."
It is now obvious to nearly everyone that lifestyle is a major determinant of one's health. The key question which remains is what to do about it.
It is clear -- and I think it is one of the key problems with the Rogers bill -- that mere health education will not do the trick. The reasons people do not do more to take care of their health were well delineated at our Symposium on the Illusion of Immortality. We must do more than inform. We must provide incentives -- which in our society are largely economic -- to the hospitals, to the physicians and to the individuals themselves to induce them to practice preventive medicine, as part of our medical care delivery system, on a national level and on a personal level. How to provide meaningful incentives should be our primary consideration.
Best regards.
Sincerely yours,
Ernst L. Wynder, M. D.
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