Many thanks for your very nice letter, and for the reprint and the exciting diagrams of the new Stanford. The map I did not
need to visualize the area since I know it fairly well. My father lived for several years in Los Altos, a community bordering
Palo Alto, and extraordinarily lovely.
Your plans for your own department sound wonderful and very likely to fit in very well with whatever interests in genetics
the clinical departments may develop. With the sort of neoplastic or at least undifferentiated and rapidly growing interest
in matters genetical now going on it seems to me essential that physicians and clinical investigators have the best possible
guidance from people who know genetics as a vocation and not as a hobby. Yours will be an obvious plan to provide such guidance
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bet that in no time people will be anxious to come to you with the idea of going back into clinical departments. Do you plan
to accept such people?
I have asked around a little about Bender who was doing tissue culture work at the University and heard only good things.
Someone said he has now gone to Oak Ridge.
As for people for medicine and surgery at Stanford, if I were picking a professor of medicine I would choose Gilbert Mudge
who is prof. of Pharmacology here. He is to my mind the perfect department head; an able investigator, knowledgeable and
appreciative of basic science, and excellent in relations with people. Perhaps he wouldn't leave -- being in pharmacology
gives him time to do research -- but he's certainly the best here. For surgery there is a very bright prospect named
Henry Bahnson. I suspect he's on everyone's list. He's an excellent surgeon and capable in every other way,
and interested in cardiac physiology as well as surgery.
We are at long last getting our "serineless" baby in the hospital next
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week and will have a chance to see whether or not he is in fact "serineless".
I'm still unaware of the identity of the pediatric appointment at Stanford. Congress should take a lesson in the prevention