I certainly enjoyed the receipt of your recent letter and learning that all does well with the Tulane Unit. I, too, have missed
you and have frequently longed to express to you certain tribulations and to hear you express in your inimitable fashion the
best means of disposing them.
Since arriving here I have had a number of interesting experiences and learned many broadening facts. I have been ordered
to Washington, Atlanta, and several other places, have been invited to give some talks at several station hospitals, and on
one occasion invited to Camp Shelby to operate on an arterio-venous aneurysm. By the way, you would have venous aneurysm of
the brachial artery and vein, one of which was between the artery and the superficial (median basilio) vein. It was an easy
dissection and for once everything went off beautifully as a demonstration and Colonel Reed (Chief of the Surgical Service
there) has since told me he has completely recovered.
I certainly regretted not seeing you in Atlanta recently. Turner was there and we had a pleasant visit. He told me how well
everyone was doing. I flew up to the meeting in an AT6C at night and there was a full moon -- it was a beautiful sight. I
am sorry that you did not get to the meeting for several reasons, for in addition to the fact that I missed seeing you, there
were several surgical papers presented that would have interested you. Some of these were on the wonderful results on the
"new" excision and primary closure method of treating pilonidal sinus. I was so mad that in the discussion I told
them that this was all well and good and that I thoroughly agreed with the speakers, but there was really nothing new about
the method and that under your direction, and as a result of your studies, we had been doing this for the last seven years.
Our hospital here is a typical army type of approximately 900 beds, however, we have not received all our supplies and therefore
are not in operation but expect to soon. In fact, we had hoped to be operating by this time but I have now learned that in
the army you develop patience and waiting becomes part of the program. We have a fairly good surgical service organized with
Harry Morris in charge of orthopedics. Jerry Schroeder in charge of general surgery, Roy Kleinsasser, in charge of septic
surgery, a former Tulanian, in charge of G.U., and a boy by the name of Wilson (excellent training) in charge of E.M.T. You
can see that Tulane is well represented and that we have a nice group of fellows.
We have been very fortunate as far as our living accommodations are concerned. We have a nice cottage right on the beach with
a big yard for Mickey to play in. The house is relatively new with good appointments and hot air heating. We are really more
comfortable here than in New Orleans. Diana has gained a little, developed better color, and feels so much better. I certainly
wish you and Jane could visit us.
I'm going to mess now. Remember me to all the fellows and my best to you.
Chief of Surgical Service
P.S. You will be interested to know that Ernest is at the School of Aviation Medicine learning to be a Flight Surgeon.