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The Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers

Title:
Letter from David H. Hubel to Marshall W. Nirenberg pdf (59,112 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from David H. Hubel to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Description:
Hubel informs Nirenberg that as President of the Society for Neuroscience he has decided to "concentrate on offensive tactics, rather than to limit myself to fighting brush fires" caused by animal activists. He contrasts the boldness with which the Surgeon General Koop addressed smoking and the reluctance with which he dealt with the animal rights question. Hubel asks for Nirenberg's opinion on the idea of writing a letter to Koop signed by Nobel Prize winners urging him to take a more active stance on the issue.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (59,112 Bytes)
Date:
1989-02-24 (February 24, 1989)
Creator:
Hubel, David H.
Recipient:
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of David H. Hubel.
Exhibit Category:
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
Box Number: 18
Folder Number: 8
Unique Identifier:
JJBBZH
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Series III: Laboratory Administration, [1959]-1993
SubSeries: Daily Books, 1968-1996
Folder: #401 - #429, 1988 Oct-1990 Feb
Transcript:
February 24, 1989
Dear Marshall:
This year I find myself President of the Society for Neuroscience. As you might guess, one of my main preoccupations is with the animal activists. I've decided to concentrate on offensive tactics, rather than to limit myself to fighting brush fires.
When I heard Koop's (the Surgeon General's) comments on smoking a few weeks ago I was struck by the contrast between his boldness on that issue and his reluctance -- and also that of the administration of the NIH and the NSF -- to deal with the animal rights question.
I want to get your reaction to the idea of writing the Surgeon General a letter, signed by as many Nobel Prize winners as we can get, urging him to take a more active stance on this issue. Would you be willing to sign such a letter, and perhaps similar ones to the top people at NIH and NSF? If enough of us are enthusiastic I will prepare drafts of a few such letters for your approval.
Sincerely,
David H. Hubel, M.D.
Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
President, Society for Neuroscience
P.S.: Too bad we don't see more of each other. I well remember our conversation on the porch at Cold Spring Harbor.
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