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Profiles in Science: The Mary Lasker Papers

Jonas Salk referred to the late Mary Lasker as "a matchmaker between science and society.� Lasker passed away in 1994, but her influence is still felt today, as she was a major player in the struggle to expand the National Institutes of Health after World War II. During the post-war period, Lasker successfully entered the largely male-dominated world of policy making and scientific research. On this site created by the National Library of Medicine, visitors can read primary documents related to Lasker's life and career. Visitors can start by reading a biographical essay about Lasker, and they can delve into some of the digitized documents offered here. These documents include letters to Hubert H. Humphrey, Senator Ted Kennedy, and other politicians of the period. The site is rounded out by the "Further Readings" area, which contains links to helpful web-based resources, books, and articles.
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