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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
"COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE

UNITED STATES SENATE

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Printed for the use of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare

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COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE

ROBERT A. TAFT, Ohio, Chairman GEORGE D. AIKEN, Vermont

ELBERT D. THOMAS, Utah JOSEPH H. BALL, Minnesota

JAMES E. MURRAY, Montana H. ALEXANDER SMITH, New Jersey CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida WAYNE MORSE, Oregon

ALLEN J. ELLENDER, Louisiana FORREST C. DONNELL, Missouri

LISTER HILL, Alabama
WILLIAM E. JENNER, Indiana
IRVING M. IVES, New York

PHILIP R. RODGERS, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH

H. ALEXANDER SMITH, New Jersey, Chairman JOSEPH H. BALL, Minnesota

JAMES E. MURRAY, Montana FORREST C. DONNELL, Missouri

CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida

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III. LIST OF STATEMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

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Federal Security Agency, letter of, addressed to Senator Taft, in re S. 2215_-
Library of Congress, study by, entitled “Official Measures Toward Re-

search, Care, and Assistance for Heart Disease Patients in Certain For-

eign Countries”.
Mehornay, Robert L., Kansas City, Mo., telegram of, addressed to Senator

nnell, in re S. 2215 hearings---
Murray, Hon. James E., a United States Senator from the State of
Montana, insertions of :
Fact sheet, entitled “What Is the Need for Congressional Legislation

Against Diseases of the Heart and Circulation ?".
Statement of, in re S. 2215_-

Telegram to, from sponsors of National Heart Committee.

National Heart Committee roster ----

Pepper, Hon. Claude, a United States Senator from the State of Florida,
insertions of:
Malmberg, Carl, book of, entitled “One Hundred and Forty Million

Patients” excerpts from---

Lasker, Albert Davis, copy of an award of citizen fellowship to, from

Institute of Medicine..

Rutstein, Dr. David D., American Heart Association, letter submitted by,

addressed to Senator Smith, presenting an estimate of cost of operation

for first fiscal year if S. 2215 were enacted into law--

Smathers, Hon. George A., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Florida, statement of -

Swope, Dr. Chester D., chairman, department of public relations, American

Osteopathic Association, Washington, D. C., statement of .

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NATIONAL HEART INSTITUTE

THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1948

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE,

SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a. m., in the hearing room of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, United States Capitol Building, Senator H. Alexander Smith (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Smith, Donnell, and Pepper.
Senator SMITH. I will call the meeting to order.

Senator Bridges is going to testify this morning, and he has another hearing to attend.

This is a hearing primarily on S. 2215, a bill to provide for research and control relating to diseases of the heart and circulation.

The bill was introduced by Senator Bridges, Senator Pepper, Senator Ives, and Senator Murray, and at this stage of the record, I will insert the bill in full so that we will have it in the record. (S. 2215 is as follows:)

[S. 2215, 80th Cong., 2d sess.] A BILL To provide for research and control relating to diseases of the heart and circulation

Whereas the Congress hereby finds and declares that the Nation's health is seriously threatened by diseases of the heart and circulation, including highblood pressure, which annually kill over five hundred and eighty-eight thousand of our people and disable aproximately seven million eight hundred thousand more. These diseases are the main cause of death in the United States and more than one in every three of our people now die from them; and

Whereas it is therefore the policy of the United States to provide for research and control relating to diseases of the heart and circulation in a supreme endeavor to develop speedily more effective means of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases: Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “National Heart Act”.

PURPOSE

SEC. 1. For the purpose of improving the health of the people of the United States through the conduct of researches, investigations, experiments, and demonstrations relating to the cause, prevention, and methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulation (hereafter in this Act referred to as “heart diseases”); assisting and fostering such researches and activities by public and private agencies, and promoting the coordination of all such researches and activities and the useful application of their results; training research workers; training undergraduate and post-graduate personnel in matters relating to heart diseases; and developing, and assisting States and other agencies in the use of the most effective methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart diseases including refresher courses for physicians; there is hereby established in the Public Health Service (hereafter in this Act referred to as the “Service”) a National Heart Institute (hereafter in this Act referred to as the “Institute”).

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