Letter from Michael E. DeBakey to William G. Reidy
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1955-11-07 (November 7, 1955)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Reidy, William G.
United States Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare
MS C 47, National Library of Medicine (U.S.) Papers relating to the construction of a new medical library, 1874-1959, Modern
Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine (USA).
Reproduced with permission of Katrin DeBakey.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Supporting the Medical Enterprise: DeBakey and National Library of Medicine
Letter from William G. Reidy to Michael E. DeBakey (November 15, 1955)
I should like to express again my deep regret that I was unable to attend the meeting on Saturday, November 5th concerning
the creation of a National Library of Medicine, owing to a prior committment [sic] for a speaking engagement in Oklahoma City.
Fortunately I had the pleasure of discussing the matter with you briefly while in Washington the previous week and of expressing
my enthusiastic hope that this proposal would be given the most serious consideration.
There is little more that I can add to that which I have expressed previously in my article on this subject (a reprint of
which has been sent you) and in our Task Force Report to indicate the great need and importance of this library. I have been
concerned with this problem for almost a decade and I have become increasingly convinced. In many ways it constitutes the
most significant factor in the furtherance of medical science in this country. I cannot adequately emphasize the important
function it could serve the people.
If I can be of further service in furthering this proposal, please let me know. I consider it of such importance that I should
be willing to devote any time or effort toward its fulfilment. In this connection I expect to be in Washington on December
1st for a meeting at the National Research Council and would be glad to meet with you again while I am there.