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Lasker Award

What is the Lasker Award mentioned in the back of the Big Book?
An on-line search produced this Lasker Awards Overview:

"The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Lasker Awards often presage future recognition by the Nobel committee, so they have become popularly known as "America's Nobels." Seventy-six Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 28 in the last two decades." (www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/index.htm 3/30/9)

In 1951, Lasker awarded a Group Award Citation to Alcoholics Anonymous "In recognition of its unique and highly successful approach to that age-old public health and social problem: alcoholism."

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