First Lady Nancy Reagan's [b. Anne Frances Robbins in New York
daughter of Kenneth Seymour Robbins] stepfather was neurosurgeon Dr.
Loyal Davis, "Chicago's first brain surgeon and chairman of
Northwestern University's department of Surgery for 31 years." The
Neuroscience Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in
Washington, DC, was named for him. She was a nurses' aide in a Chicago
Hospital during World War II. Dr. Richard A. Davis was her brother.
(Neuroscience Center Dedicated On April 7, 1986. NRH 86, Summer 1986.)
The Tobacco Institute donated a DEC 20 20 Main Frame computer to the
hospital in 1988. (N.J. MacLaughlan to Susan Lewis, of NRH, Apr. 13,
Mrs. Loyal Davis and Mrs. Eames MacVeagh [whose husband was
of Franklin MacVeagh, Skull & Bones 1862], were in charge of
fundraising benefit for Passavant Hospital in Chicago. (Boxes Sold For
Tibbett Concert. By Judith Cass. Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 12, 1932;
Tea Table Is Lovely. By Judith Cass. Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 18,
1932.) Mrs. Davis was chairman of a card party by the Women's Faculty
Club of Northwestern University to benefit the medical school's free
clinic. (Club Notes; and: Two Benefits Scheduled on Club Calendar.
Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 13, 1932.) She was chairman of a women's
committee raising funds for the Salvation Army, with Mrs. Walter P.
Paepcke and Mrs. Charles H. Lord. (Circus to Help the Needy Harks Back
to P.T. Barnum. Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov. 26, 1932.) She was
president of the Women's Faculty Club (Pons Concert to Aid Clinic. By
Judith Cass. Chicago Daily Tribune, Mar. 23, 1933; Work for
Northwestern University Clinic Benefit. Chicago Daily Tribune, Mar. 31,
1933; Lovely Voice of Pons Thrills Big Audience; Proves Coloratura
Singing Is Lively Art. Chicago Daily Tribune, Apr. 4, 1933.)
At the 39th clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Loyal Davis was one of four representatives of the College who participated in a round-table discussion program conducted by Northwestern University, who "declared that many medical men suspected there was some relationship between lung cancer and smoking of cigarettes, but no relationship between cancer and cigar or pipe smoking. In these circumstances, they declared, it is the clear responsibility of the cigarette manufacturers to finance the research necessary to prove or disprove the point. The surgeons asserted that two past presidents of the American College of Surgeons had conducted research projects that showed strong evidence of a relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. These projects were the pioneering studies of Dr. Evarts A. Graham of Washington University, St. Louis, and who is now chairman of the board of regents of the college, and Dr. Alton Ochsner of the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Both these projects, which have been published, state that the relationship between smoking and cancer has not been proved but it is strongly suggested by statistical analysis of lung cancer victims." The other surgeons were Dr. I.S. Ravdin, Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen, Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School; and Dr. Robert N. Janes of the University of Toronto. (Cigarette makers prodded on cancer. By Robert K. Plumb. New York Times, Oct. 5, 1953.)
"It was apparent that President Reagan hated smoking of all
He told about his brother, who had been a two- or a three-pack-a-day
smoker. One of his vocal cords had been surgically removed and he had
also had triple-bypass heart surgery. The President felt this was a
case where lifestyle made the difference between health and illness.
Their genes were similar, but their lifestyles were quite different.
The President himself never smoked anything but a pipe and he gave that
up." (A State Dinner with President Reagan. By Cory Ser Vaas, Saturday
Evening Post, 274/5, Sep/Oct 2002.) Michael
DeBakey was also a guest at this dinner. Note that human
papillomavirus, a known carcinogenic virus, is now implicated as a
cause of laryngeal cancer.
"You are the greatest and most effective private voluntary health organization in the world, a lesson for all who would learn the power of volunteer commitment. In my own case, I know that the American Cancer Society was involved. One way I can return the favor is by saying - thanks, thanks for the rest of my life. I am proud of your total independence - you don't take a dime from federal, state or local governments. Your research and all your other great work that has rolled back cancer is done through volunteer contributions of money, time and dedication." (President Ronald Reagan, Annual Meeting of the American Cancer Society, November 5, 1985.) In fact, the Cancer Society effectively controlled the resources National Cancer Institute since it was created in 1937.
"Reagan's 16-member health policy advisory group includes
two former asst. sectys. for health - Theodore
Cooper, recently named Upjohn exec VP, and Charles
Edwards, Scripps Medical Institute president. Others include
Pharmaceutical Mf'rs. Assn. president Joseph Stelter; James Cavanaugh,
senior VP for science and planning; Alain Enthoven, Stanford public and
private management prof; former AMA Legislative Council chairman
William Felch, and American Pharmaceutical Assn. board chairman Mary
Runge. Chairman of the Reagan group is William Walsh, president and
medical director of the People-to-People Foundation (Project Hope).
Edwards is also a former Becton-Dickinson senior VP for medical affairs
and research; Enthoven is a former president of Litton Medical
Products, and Cooper will assume his Upjohn post Oct. 1 after
completing his tenure as Cornell medical dean. Cavanaugh is a former
deputy asst. secty. for health and served the Ford Administration as
White House deputy chief of staff. Cooper is a former director of the
Natl. Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Edwards served as FDA
commissioner. Other members of the Reagan health team are Rita
Campbell, Hoover Institution senior fellow; Isaac Ehrlich, SUNY
(Buffalo) economics prof; Clark Havighurst, Duke law prof; Helen
Jameson, asst. administrator, Rochester (Minn.) Methodist Hospital;
Cotton Lindsay, Emory economics prof; Wade Mountz, president,
Norton-Children's Hospitals, Louisville, Ky.; Lee Shelton, health
services, Health 1st, Atlanta, and Robert Shira, Tufts senior VP."
(Research Notes. The Blue Sheet, Aug. 20, 1980; and: GOP Creates Health
Policy Advisory Panel. By Mary Jane Fisher. The National Underwriter
Aug. 23, 1980, pp. 1 & 24.)
Between 1983 and 1989, official estimates of federal spending
against tobacco increased from $17,413,000 to $81,000,000. They rose
even higher after his vice president and successor, George H.W.
(S&B 1948) took office. (Federal Tobacco Control Effort. By Dr.
Simmons, Director of Smoking and Health at R.J. Reynolds, July 8, 1992,
David A. Winston was President of the National Committee on Quality Health Care. "He was one of the founding members of the Committee and because of his extensive background in health policy issues and close connections with the White House, commands a great deal of respect. Winston served as health policy advisor to Reagan in California and in Washington. He was a minority staff director of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources." He was vice president of American Health Capital Inc. Members of the Board of Trustees of the Committee included Michael E. DeBakey; Karl D. Bays, Chairman and CEO American Hospital Supply Corp.; Theodore Cooper, M.D. Vice President Upjohn Company; and Winfield C. Dunn, D.D.S. Senior Vice President Hospital Corporation of America. (Memo from Rick Sullivan to Pete Sparber, Oct. 30, 1984.) "It was formed in 1981 to mobilize the various and diverse hospital groups and suppliers against expensive government regulated congres- sional cost containment proposals." (Memo from Rick Sullivan to Pete Sparber, Sep. 24, 1984.)Sullivan to Sparber, Sep. 24, 1984 / UCSF-Legacy
As "a special unpaid consultant to the White House," Winston
proposed taxing employer-paid health insurance premiums as income. "At
present, an employer who buys health insurance for employees may deduct
the cost of the premiums as a business expense on his tax return, but
the benefits are not counted as taxable income for the employees...
Alain C. Enthoven of Stanford University, a health economist, endorsed
the tax proposal. The current tax subsidy, he said, was inequitable
because its value increased with income. The exclusion of health
insurance benefits from taxable income is worth, on the average, only
$83 a year to a family with income of $10,000 to $15,000, but it is
worth more than $600 a year to a family with income of $50,000 to
$100,000, he said." A wide range of business, labor and professional
organizations disapproved. "Mr. Winston, who is a vice president of
Blyth Eastman Paine Webber Health Care Funding, was selected as a
consultant by Edwin Meese 3d, the counselor to President Reagan. Mr.
Winston served as an aide to Richard S. Schweiker, the Secretary of
Health and Human Services, when Mr. Schweiker was a Senator from
Pennsylvania." (Reagan Considering Taxing Health Premiums. New York
Times, Jan. 11, 1983.) Winston was punched in the mouth by an angry
motorist and landed in the hospital in "extremely critical condition"
and on life support. "According to police reports, Winston was crossing
against the light shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday morning when a vehicle
approaching the intersection had to brake suddenly to avoid hitting
him." (Ex-Reagan Aide Hurt in S.F. Fracas. By J.L. Pimsleur. San
Francisco Chronicle, Sep. 10, 1986.) "Winston was vice president of
Voluntary Hospitals of America Inc., a group of 650 hospitals. He
headed Reagan's transition team on health care and was a special
assistant in organizing and staffing the Health and Human Services
department." He was variously claimed to be from Boise, Idaho, or
Manteca, Calif. (David A. Winston. San Francisco Chronicle, Sep. 12,
1986; David Winston Dies; Health Policy Expert. New York Times, Sep.
Contrary to the popular illusion, C. Everett Koop was not the instigator of the intensified anti-smoking persecution of the 1980s. The 1982 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health written by others during Koop's prolonged confirmation process, and he just performed his role as an actor. Koop was an epidemiologic incompetent, devoid of skepticism, and a mere puppet of the Lasker conspirators.C. Everett Koop Was A Pawn
A Lasker crony dating from at least 1952, Wyngaarden was director of the National Institutes of Health from 1982 to 1989, and served in Bush #1's Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President 1989-90.The James B. Wyngaarden Page