Colebrook discusses the treatment of puerperal fever at Queen Charlotte's Hospital with a new sulfanilamide drug.
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1936-11-23 (November 23, 1936)
Queen Charlotte's Hospital (London)
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Director of Medical Sciences, 1930-1945
Nov 23 '36
Dear Dr Gregg,
I am hoping to spend some 10 weeks in the Eastern States this winter--from Jan 25--learning things in the different Laboratories
Dr Rellanly[?] told me before I came away that you are going to Europe in February--but I hope it may be possible to see you
for a few minutes and tell you how our work goes at Queen Charlotte's.
I expect to be in New York Jan 25-31 and after from Feb 22 to March 4 or perhaps a few days later. Is there any chance of
catching you between those dates? I am glad to say that our work with the streptococci has developed [. . .] satisfactory
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rather surprising-way, since I saw you two years ago.
On the preventive side, it has converged with that of Mr Lancefield, Homer Swift and others at the Rockefeller Institute to
certain definite conclusions so that we are now able, I think, to offer the [. . .] people a well established basis for their
And during the last year more important progress has come along in the sphere of treatment which promises to have very widespread
effects in medicine and surgery as well as in obstetrics.
The first step in the chemotherapeutic work came from Germany but I am glad to say that the little unit which you have helped
to come into being at Queen Charlotte's has been able to play its part in developing it.
[. . .] now attracting much attention in the States and I have been asked to talk about it in Philadelphia and Baltimore and
Cleveland and Montreal. I propose to make the talks a general survey of our work and I hope they may be useful.
With kind regards.
I ought to have explained the address. The Medical Research Council has given me 3 month leave on holiday because I got a
bit overtired and was having trouble with sleeplessness.
(The pace has been rather hot this last year)
Happily I am now in splendid condition and sleeping well.