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"Rockefeller Man" in Brazil and Europe, 1919-1930
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 8
November 10, 1930
A telegram from the PUMC New York office received November 7th gave me the news of your appointment as Director for Medical
Sciences in the Rockefeller Foundation. I am delighted at this news, for I cannot think of anyone better prepared to fill
the position, and I can think of more than one who might have been considered, whose appointment would have caused me a good
deal of concern.
I hope that you will be able to plan for a visit to the Far East at some time in the near future. It would be ideal if you
could come with Mr. Mason next spring. He may have told you that he has promised to make us a visit at that time. Since you
have the European situation at your fingers' ends, I should hope that China might be regarded as the first place on your
program to be visited. There is a good deal going on here, and I believe that wise advice will be as helpful as anything else,
though doubtless we may have something more concrete in the way of assistance to ask if the conditions here appear favorable.
I am leaving tomorrow for a visit to Nanking to attend a meeting of the Government Commission on Medical Education, of which
I am supposed to be an adviser. I wish you could be here to participate in the discussion of the standards to be set up, and
particularly the advisability or otherwise of attempting to give a short course with relatively low entrance requirements
in order to produce the numbers of medical workers whom the public health people are demanding. I have thus far only been
converted to the extent of being willing to support a proposal for an experimental school of this type.
I shall be writing you again before long. Meanwhile, I am eager to learn when you will be taking up your new duties in New