Thank you so much for your kind letter and especially the helpful advice which you gave. I have carefully considered the
advantages of going to medical school one more year, but have decided that the atmosphere there is such that I would lose
all my spirit of inquiry and, furthermore, I do not intend ever to go into a medical field. If I really need to know some
of the material taught in the second year, there are always ways of learning it. I have noticed this summer how much out
of practice I am in thinking critically and creatively. Also I find that the type of approach used in teaching at medical
school minimizes all those facts which become important in experimental work. Therefore
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that is not the place to get training for such work.
I am sorry that it is impossible for you to take any more students this year, though I am delighted at the reason for this.
The program you will set up at Stanford sounds like a splendid idea and will, I am sure, be welcome to many. I already know
of several people who have left medicine for basic research and had a hard time getting started because of inadequate training.
I wish you great success for your venture!
I have finally made up my mind about what to do this coming year and it is to stay at the Hopkins, where I have now worked
myself into a project and where I feel I can learn what I am interested in.
Thank you again for the interest you took in my problem.