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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
UNITED STATES SENATE
Printed for the use of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare
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
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
Bridges, Hon. Styles, a United States Senator from the State of New
Thursday, April 8, 1948:
Hon. Styles Bridges, a United States Senator from the State of New
III. LIST OF STATEMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Federal Security Agency, letter of, addressed to Senator Taft, in re S. 2215_-
search, Care, and Assistance for Heart Disease Patients in Certain For-
nnell, in re S. 2215 hearings---
Against Diseases of the Heart and Circulation ?".
Telegram to, from sponsors of National Heart Committee.
Pepper, Hon. Claude, a United States Senator from the State of Florida,
Patients” excerpts from---
NATIONAL HEART INSTITUTE
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1948
UNITED STATES SENATE,
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 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”.
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”).