Avery was like an uncle to his young cousin Minnie Wandell, and the two were quite close. When Avery retired, Wandell acted
as his housekeeper in Nashville. In this letter, Avery briefly discusses his health, writing that several medical tests indicated
that he was having difficulty with his thyroid. Subsequently, Avery would be diagnosed and treated for Graves' Disease.
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1931-09-28 (September 28, 1931)
Avery, Oswald T.
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Sept 28 /31
I'm glad you had the trip to NY today--sorry you had such a difficult time calling me up, but I know you understand. I
did not tell the operator because I fully expected to be back about eleven. This morning I was at the Medical Center at 8.30
sharp--"Do" went with me to Floor F (not the Harkness.) and I had a Basal done, then a blood count, then breakfast
at Harkness--Orange juice, Egg and Bacon
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Rolls, Coffee and Cream--$1.10 Go there and do likewise Friday--After that Dr. Palmer gave me a thorough physical--Heart
and lung OK--in fact nothing wrong except the basal was a bit high (+22) and that together with my weight and slightly increased
pulse suggests a bit too active a thyroid--but even that is only a tentative diagnosis. So that was very satisfactory--and
something that can be taken care of very easily--Otherwise I'm feeling splendidly--I simply thought I ought to make sure
there was nothing organic and there isn't.
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The enclosed came this noon--So glad things are so happy with the Family in Nashville.
I have just written a check and will send it in the morning to the First Stanford Nat'l to be credited to your account.
Dr. Palmer asked about you and expects you Friday. Please taxi, both in Stanford and NY. It's important for your test.
I taxied up there this AM.