To assist her in her lobbying effort, Lasker hired Mike Gorman, a straight-talking journalist who had exposed grave deficiencies
and abuse in mental hospitals in several states, including Florida (at the behest of Florence Mahoney and her husband's
newspaper, the Miami Daily News). He would work for Lasker for the next forty years as director of her lobbying organization
in Washington, the National Mental Health Committee, later the National Committee Against Mental Illness.
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Democratic National Committee
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):
Legislation as Topic
Mary Lasker and the Growth of the National Institutes of Health
Many thanks for your letter. I spoke to Fogarty yesterday and he says that the Committee did not vote any increases and did
vote cuts. Fogarty said they were inconsequential. I do not know just what he means by this. He said they had all sworn not
to give out the figures until after the bill was reported out. Perhaps you will be able to worm something out of Paul Wilson
or someone else. I am very disappointed naturally.
I read in the paper here that the California Legislature will not adjourn until June. Don't you think that Ostrow may
be able to do something with a bill similar to the one Lynn Adams has had drafted for the New York State Legislature? You
would know more about him and what he can do better than I.
I am sure Youngdahl would be wonderful at the Senate hearings and hope you can get him.
Did you see David Stowe? I do so hope so. I am sure he will be back in a week with the President, however.
I am delighted that you are drawing up a release to accompany Fogarty's introduction of the Survey of Sickness Bill. This
is a seemingly small bill but could be enormously helpful in giving us up to date information on what the total sickness picture
in the United States is, so that we can see our targets clearly as far as numbers go.
Sounds to me as if you have been very helpful to the various members of the Committee. Fogarty says Schwabe really is interested
but when they don't vote increases, nothing seems to count, does it? When do they plan to bring the Aid to Medical Education
Bill up on the floor. How terrible that local health units passed by such a narrow margin. It shows the AMA is really raising
hell with the boys. Dean Clark is a very able man. Would you see that I get a copy of his report.
I am going to the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday, the 20th to the 27th. We are leaving on the Super Chief that day and will
be in Chicago care of Mrs. Leigh Block, 1260 Astor Street from the morning of the 29th; then the Century on the 30th. Will
be home on Saturday morning. The 31st. I hope to see you shortly after I return and take stock of the situation. I thought
your letter for the State Mental Health Committee is good. Perhaps you should underline some of the statements so as to make
it a little easier to read. All best wishes.