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The Mary Lasker Papers

Letter from Lyndon B. Johnson to Mary Lasker pdf (36,479 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Lyndon B. Johnson to Mary Lasker
Lasker developed a close political relationship with President Johnson, who credited modern medical science with saving his life after he suffered a heart attack in 1958. Lasker had Johnson and his wife Lady Bird Johnson for lunch at her New York townhouse, spent a night at the White House, and met with Johnson several times to discuss health matters, all in the first two months of his presidency. Johnson was moved to add medical research and health care delivery initiatives to his Great Society programs by "the insistence of that lovely Lady, Mrs. Mary Lasker" and the "grim facts" about the continuing toll of disease she presented to him.
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1956-06-22 (June 22, 1956)
Johnson, Lyndon B.
United States Senate
Lasker, Mary
Original Repository: Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Mary Lasker Papers
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From Bench to Bedside: Mary Lasker and the Drive for "Payoff" from Medical Research
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Series I
SubSeries: Cataloged Correspondence
Folder: Johnson, Lyndon
June 22, 1956
Dear Mrs. Lasker:
Like you, I certainly hope that the Senate figures on medical research will be upheld. However, it would probably be resented if I were to interfere outside of my proper sphere and suggest to the members of the House what line of conduct they should follow.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is composed of some of the most experienced and respected members of the Senate. I know they will conduct themselves skillfully and ably and I have high hopes for a final outcome that will meet the objective both you and I hold in common.
Lyndon B. Johnson
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