In November 1964 the Second National Conference on Cardiovascular Diseases was convened after having been organized by E. Cowles Andrus. This was no ordinary "motel-type" conference but a carefully thought out one in which 700 highly competent scientist-cardiologists participated. I stress that planning started two years before the conference because it was to find itself competing with the unexpected Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke. At the time this caused great consternation! About the worst that actually happened was some duplication of effort and a lack of time for more thinking in depth.
The time has come when more attention must be given to the scientific content of a field, in contrast with its political and economic aspects. It is my understanding that the Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke had as its primary purpose the latter two. The Second National Conference was concerned wholly with content, and