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ing this committee, Beebe thought it important to find people who had a demonstrated interest in the natural history of disease; a knowledge of the medical bureaucracies of the armed forces or the VA; broad medical interests; and specific competence in internal medicine, general surgery, epidemiology, psychiatry, pathology, medical statistics, or medical genetics. He also wanted to appoint people who had at least some knowledge of the follow-up program. He divided his list of possible nominees among epidemiologists, public health statisticians, and other medical specialists. He favored an epidemiologist, such as Thomas Francis or Abraham Lilienfeld, as chair. Francis had the added benefit of already serving on the Advisory Committee for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Beebe also hoped that the NRC would appoint a small subcommittee to supervise the twin study, perhaps chaired by James Neel.99 On December 16, 1964, Cannan wrote Thomas Francis at the University of Michigan and asked him to accept the