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The Mary Lasker Papers

Letter from Edward M. Kennedy to Mary Lasker pdf (75,638 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Edward M. Kennedy to Mary Lasker
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1979-03-26 (March 26, 1979)
Kennedy, Edward M.
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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March 26, 1979
Dear Mary:
Thank you for your very thoughtful and well-stated letter arguing for increased appropriations for the high blood pressure program in the 1980 budget. As you certainly know by now, I have been and will continue to be outspoken on the need for increased funding for our many important health programs, among which none deserve more emphasis than the high blood pressure initiative.
I am well aware of the dramatic advances taking place in death rates from heart disease and stroke, and I agree fully that the National High Blood Pressure Education Program and related efforts to screen for and treat high blood pressure have been critical to these major public health developments. The Administration's proposed increase of $2 million in the screening and detection effort is, I agree, minimal. In fairness, it does represent one of the few increases which the President permitted in his 1980 budget, and even that was achieved only because of the strong advocacy of Joe Califano and myself.
Nevertheless, I agree that we could do much better. Whether we will be able to achieve the full $24.5 million for the program remains to be seen. However, you can be confident that you will have my support to further increase the levels available for hypertension detection, screening and follow up programs.
Thank you again for your very helpful and informative letter.
Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman
Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research
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