Public Health: A $3 Billion Plan

Unless we do better, two-thirds of all Americans now living will suffer or die from cancer, heart disease or stroke I expect you to do something about it. —President Johnson, April 17

The 18 physicians and ten other public-spirited citizens whom the President thus exhorted when he named them to a special commission reported back to him last week that the U.S. can indeed do something about its greatest killers—but at a price. Under the chairmanship of Houston's famed Surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, the commission unanimously concluded that much needs to be done in several categories.

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