For outstanding contributions to the health of the people of the United States.
The 1965 Albert Lasker Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Health of the People of the United States is presented to Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the United States, at the White House, April 7, 1966.
“Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health then, should take the place of every other object,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1787.
Mr. President, you have shown that “attention to health” to an unparalleled degree.
In your historic Health Message to the Congress on January 7th of this year, you observed that “the 88th Congress wrote a proud and significant record of accomplishments in the field of health legislation. I have every confidence that this Congress will write an even finer record that will be remembered with honor by generations of Americans to come.”
Your prophecy has become a shining reality, for no Congress in the history of this Republic has enacted more legislation to expand medical knowledge and to spread its fruits to millions of Americans hitherto denied the life-saving miracles of modern medical research.
In this brief citation, we can only highlight the most significant of the more than a dozen major pieces of health legislation recommended by you and enacted into law by the 89th Congress.