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June 28, 1965

Program to Conquer Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

President, American Heart Association Dallas

JAMA. 1965;192(13):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260061026

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To the Editor:—  Reference is made to the AMA staff report titled "A National Program to Conquer Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke" (JAMA192:299-301 [April 26] 1965). In my view, the author of the report did a disservice to the American Heart Association and to the public record by inaccurately reporting the testimony given by the Association before Senator Hill's subcommittee. I enclose a copy of the testimony for your information.The staff report says that the American Heart Association, along with certain other organizations, "... accepted the Commission's assumptions and recommendations without comment, confining their remarks to which agency within HEW should administer the program." Actually, only one portion of our testimony had to do with "which agency... should administer the program."Our first point, and the one on which we felt most strongly, was set out as follows:If the proposal to establish regional medical complexes is enacted,

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