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"My Chief Interest Was and Is Surgery"--Howard University, 1941-1950
Letter from Charles R. Drew to Edgar B. Carter (November 6, 1944)
November 1, 1944
Dear Dr. Drew:
Yesterday we talked with our representative, Mr. R. M. Alphran who was recently in Washington and who talked to you at length
about the work that you had done in developing the use of banked human blood and blood plasma in human beings. Also through
the kindness of Mr. Alphran we have been very much interested in reading over your paper giving the history of the Soviet
development of the blood bank.
This conversation with Mr. Alphran was particularly interesting because on the preceding day we had had a letter from Doctor
Ira R. St. Hill of Meharry Medical College commenting at length on our story of human blood plasma in the September number
of our What's New. I am sure that you would be interested in reading Doctor St. Hill's letter but it is too long to
copy and we are not ready to give it up. The burden of his letter was that our story was incomplete inasmuch as we had overlooked
your contribution to the development of blood banks and pooled plasma. I believe that you will be interested in reading a
copy of the letter that I have written to Doctor St. Hill and a copy is enclosed.
As you will see we have indicated to him that our purpose was to primarily tell the story of the Army-Navy-Red Cross blood
donor project, also that we are asking his permission to publish his letter in its entirety, or if for any reason he feels
that he would not want us to do this, then we would like to make a separate story of the facts contained in his letter.
In case he should prefer that his letter not be published as such and we rewrite the story of your work as he has presented
it to us, we shall be glad to send you a copy of the text for your criticism before it goes to the printers.
Thanks very much for the courtesies extended to Mr. Alphran.