There is a slight lull in my activities since it has become difficult to obtain male hamsters. On the whole I have been very
busy and obsessed to some extent by the short time that seems to remain. I am sorry indeed, that things have not gone as well
as I had hoped, but there have been I gather many problems in personnel about which, he has apprized[sic] you. The situation
is a very serious one for us and we shall have to sit down and thrash it out when I return, for it makes no sense to be so
dependent upon the vagarities[sic] of staff from year to year. This compromises both our services. At the same time we have
to equate our service responsibilities with the resident training program -- our needs are becoming so considerable -- especially
with nurses leaving. But as you know it is difficult if not impossible to deal with these matters over the sea. I should feel
guilty about being away in these difficult times, but only partly so and greatly relieved. Going back to the country will
be no honeymoon! I have since our last writing, been in some English operating rooms and of course am struck by the quiet
and orderliness. There is no question that we must somehow achieve greater efficiency in our own operating rooms and this
I am afraid will mean some very drastic reorganization -- but it represents a particular need of ours. We've only fretted
about this problem. The integration of teaching into services here is most difficult. We can't escape taking care of patients.
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the shuffle as you know. How easy it is to pontificate at a distance. I can see myself returning to squeezing the cheese-bag
of the county. At this moment I'm somewhat grateful that there is delay in the new hospital for staffing shall be a real
problem and we don't seem to be able to plan for it let alone meet our commitments adequately now. You see ion-transport
doesn't occupy all my time. But I must say active laboratory life has left little time for contemplation -- I would like
to have been with you at Princeton this year -- I hope it was worth while.
Armide, except for the chilblains has had a good year and the children have enjoyed school. It was delightful to see Margaret
and get much news of everything. By the way, how many of your resolutions, made in Sweden, were you able to realize -- My
list is far too long now. Please give my best to Karl and Irv and of course to Ellie.