Many thanks for your recent communication, received Oct. 3. Am sorry our lines of communication crossed, as I had had a letter
from Phil mailed after yours, but which came airmail, and had already answered it before your note arrived. He had sent an
abstract which he and Wes proposed to send in for the American Surgical program. I made some suggestions intended to beef
it up a little bit, and made some comments that my name should not appear on the paper except to indicate "introduced
by" or some such thing. I did not know Shafton had had a hand in the work at all except that the patients in question
happened to be on a service which he was covering at the time. I do not think this is adequate reason for inclusion of his
name among the authors. If he really participated in the work, then of course he should be included. I shall not try to judge
the situation from here, but can only suggest that inclusion of Shaftan's name will do a great deal for Shafton, while
it will not hurt Wes and Phil at all. It would seem to me more appropriate that Shaftan's name be there than mine, except
that the paper cannot go to Am. Surg. Without the name of a member listed among the authors.
Am much interested in the prospects for Jewish Hospital. I agree with Hellman that you should be very sure any candidate knows
all the story before he bites. It is going to take a strong and a seasoned man to make it go. Would Adrian Kantrowitz be interested?
In the list you sent I can offer the following comments, for what they are worth. Bakst is too ambitious in entirely the wrong
sort of way. Isidore Cohn is highly regarded in his own bailiwick, and by some very fine people. I have always been greatly
impressed with him as a researcher, but feel you would have to evaluate carefully his ability to buck the problems to be found
there in Brooklyn. Harvey Mendelsohn I know nothing about one way or the other. Marvin Nachlas is a protegee of Arnold Seligman.
Seligman is a brilliant research worker but apparently a clumsy and less than mediocre surgeon in the operating room. I think
Helman is right that the man to take the position must be able to do some operation or operations better than most to gain
the respect of such a staff as that. I do not know anything about George Nardi except that he has done some good research
work and was well known and respected by Mel Newman. You might get some help from Mel on this one. Dennis Rosenberg if I remember
right is a South African taken in hand by Ochsner years ago. Bill Ayers knows him rather well and might give some advice.
I have met him and suspect he might have the toughness we need, but I do not know of his having done anything worth while
research-wise. Bernard Seidenberg is unknown to me. Not having heard of any research from him, I suspect he might be just
a successful local politician. Bob Watman is a man of integrity and quality. He has had good grounding both in research and
in the handling of people and problems, and he has a good grounding too in basic ethics. He would be my own top choice so
far, although there is much I do not know about each of these men. Wilder is a very quiet, courteous, and rather capable man.
I think some of those in Brooklyn might destroy him without Wilder knowing what had happened. I would lean heavily on Lou
I read over Crastnopol's paper and agree with you that it is not much of a contribution and that to publish it with the
name of the medical school is to use the school, not to help it. I should agree that he should be discouraged from writing
it at all, also. I wrote a long a careful letter once before to Phil about a paper he wanted to publish on his experience
with open-heart surgery at Bkln J.H. It should still be in the files. Some such approach might be appropriate now.
Norlander got back three days ago with glowing accounts about how things are going there. He was immensely impressed with
being included in the Dean's dinner at the Brooklyn Club. He has come back with all kinds of ideas about changing things
here, and it seems refreshing.
I enclose a letter of recommendation for Wes for the University Surgeons and the application, which I have duly signed. I
do not enclose copies for the files there, but suggest that you ask Miss Levine to photocopy my letter and the application
for placement in Wes's file. I much appreciate your sending this along with your letter and signature also attached. I
think this should break the log jam. Marvin will not be eligible next year, but he should be a top notch candidate the year
after. It is possible we could be thinking of Phil for next year. He should have no trouble either, it seems to me.
Am all ears about changes at KCH. Are the emergency and admitting rooms really going to be straightened out somewhat? Have
you been able to get a recovery room in the chest bldg? Are things going smoothly with Eddie Griffin? Is the new Chairman
of Medicine on the job now, and how do things go with him? Ludwig Eichna was my first choice in the first place, and I am
hopeful we can have a most cordial collaborative atmosphere between our departments. How are things going with the Special
Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory? Have things worked out so that the pediatrician is running it, or have politics and empire
building clogged things up?
I suspect you and I should send bills to Mrs. Dollinger for services rendered. Would suggest perhaps one-fifty each. Probably
they should be entirely separate statements. I shall write her on my own hook without mention of the bill. Miss Levine sent
me the address, and I think I can find it still.
A few things more: The hospital here has door closers on the wards which are highly ingenious. They close doors positively
and quietly, and I should like to have them in the Univ. Hosp. Norlander is getting specifications. Also please ask Mellins
if he has requested either the Phillips or the Schonander film exhibitor for x-ray conferences; they use both here, and they
immensely simplify the giving of conferences.
In the lab., they use cyclohexane regularly for attaching plastic tubing to other pieces of plastic tubing or to junctions.
You just dip it, and it becomes soft and pliable, whether the tubing is polyvinyl or tygon. Pieces can be spliced tightly
by dipping and slipping one inside the other too.
Senning has found that blood will not gain bubbles in cascading if it is not allowed to cascade as much as one cm. Our discs
should be within one cm of the bottom of the tank, and all sloping surfaces channeling blood to the bottom should have corrugations
over which the blood would have to run. Could you send me one KCH scrub suit as a pattern to use here, please? Did you find
the Overholt lo-vol. oxygenator left bubbles in blood when it was demonstrated at St. Alban's?
My regards to everyone. Am putting everything possible on one sheet of paper.