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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Elke Jordan to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (107,930 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Elke Jordan to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (107,930 Bytes)
Date:
1958-08-23 (August 23, 1958)
Creator:
Jordan, Elke
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Elke Jordan.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence C
Box Number: 11
Folder Number: 113
Unique Identifier:
BBAJTY
Accession Number:
16
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1953-1960
Folder: Jordan, Elke
Transcript:
August 23rd, 1958
Dear Dr. Lederberg,
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.
Very sincerely yours,
Elke Jordan
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  Medical school vs. Ph. D.; career counseling;

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