The British Heart Foundation
In the 1950s, large sums were being raised for cardiological research in other parts of the English speaking world but very little in the United Kingdom, which was still in the grip of post war austerity. John McMichael observed in 1961 that the Medical Research Council probably did not spend more than £50 000 a year on research into heart and vascular disease. Two organisations were keen to foster cardiological research — the Chest and Heart Association and the British Cardiac Society — but who was to take the lead? The former had initially been created as the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis — an organisation committed to combating tuberculosis, but it changed its name in 1959 so that it could encompass both pulmonary and cardiac diseases. As a mark of its new role, it planned to launch a campaign to raise £1 million for heart research.
KeywordsObesity Income Tuberculosis Expense Endocarditis
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