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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Daniel C. Pease to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (109,344 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Daniel C. Pease to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (109,344 Bytes)
Date:
1945-02-10 (February 10, 1945)
Creator:
Pease, Daniel C.
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Courtesy of Joshua Lederberg.
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Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence A
Box Number: 6
Folder Number: 1
Unique Identifier:
BBASEE
Accession Number:
82
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1925-1947
Folder: 1944-1945
Transcript:
[written in Lederberg's handwriting, Pease]
[stamped, 8 APR 1945]
Feb. 10
Dear Lederberg: --
It was good to hear from you again when your letter was finally forwarded to me here. The war research was finished last spring, although the publications may dribble out for some time to come. I am sending such reprints as I have.
I suppose you are pretty will through medical school by now although your letter leaves me curious. Also, I wonder what your ultimate plans may be with an M.D. degree? I realize that the army will hang on to you for a while, but are you eventually planning on research medicine? There are all too few research men, and the money is certainly poor. But you had real research abilities and enthusiasm, and I would like to see you go into that field. You were interested in the things other than the purely practical, and might make a real success of experimental work. I don't know whether or not you got discouraged with the colchine work, but plenty of heads have batted against
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
that stone wall. You surely know enough about drug work by now to realize that only only a small fraction of it is really a science. Most of pharmacology remains purely empirical. You just picked a tough nut to start out with, and one that will probably wait many years for clarification. Quite likely your interests are very different by now, and I wish you all success. If you still have your former enthusiasm, I am sure you won't need my wishes to accomplish your ends.
Sincerely
Daniel C Pease
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2007-01-10
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
Node:  Pease, Daniel had worked at Columbia on effects of high hydrostatic pressure
on mitosis in Arbacia eggs and Tradescantia;
PEASE DC
     HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE EFFECTS UPON THE SPINDLE FIGURE AND CHROMOSOME MOVEMENT .2.
     EXPERIMENTS ON THE MEIOTIC DIVISIONS OF TRADESCANTIA POLLEN MOTHER CELLS
     BIOL BULL 91: (2) 145-169 1946; 

KW: comments on my colchicine work; encouragement
to stay in research; how empirical is pharmacology; 

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