Medicine: Man of Millions

Named last week to receive one of the 1957 Albert Lasker Awards of the American Public Health Association was a doctor who has handed out more money for more medical research than any other man in the world—a total far greater than all the Rockefeller grants in this field. The doctor: Cassius James Van Slyke, 56, who has never practiced for any patient other than Uncle Sam.

After a typical run of humdrum assignments as a U.S. Public Health Service surgeon, Van Slyke found himself at World War II's end investigating the potency of penicillin as a treatment for venereal disease. When...

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