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The Victor A. McKusick Papers

Letter from Harry Shwachman to Victor A. McKusick pdf (101,462 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Harry Shwachman to Victor A. McKusick
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1971-06-14 (June 14, 1971)
Shwachman, Harry
Children's Hospital Medical Center
McKusick, Victor A.
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Victor Almon McKusick Collection
Reproduced with permission of Elizabeth Passman.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Cystic Fibrosis
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The Bar Harbor Course and "McKusick's Catalog," 1960-1980
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Letters (correspondence)
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June 14, 1971
Dear Victor:
I want to thank you for the inclusion of cystic fibrosis in your program and for inviting me to participate. This was a very worthwhile experience for me. I was pleased to see both Drs. Danes and Oppenheimer. Betty did not reveal her secrets at our grand conference on cystic fibrosis which I and John Herndon organized in March of 1969, although she and Alex Bearn were present. Much has happened since then and she did a very fine job in bringing the audience up to date on the current research in cystic fibrosis. I had offered her the opportunity of looking at our patients some time ago and I do hope she will accept this. Because of the hazy state of metachromatic staining and the variations in techniques by nearly everyone who uses it, the NCFRF held a GAP conference on this subject and organized a committee on which Betty serves. The purpose is to standardize the procedure and I hope this, too, comes about soon. In this regard the comment made by Dr. Hansen in his talk is interesting. I got the impression that the best thing to do would be to get rid of toluidine blue.
When I last saw Dr. Oppenheimer at the Spring meetings in Atlantic City this year I told her of our finding a normal pancreas in one of our patients, which I considered as partial expression of the disease. It was a very heretical concept for the pathologist but I am very glad to see that she dug up eight cases out of her series of 99.
I am now putting on some finishing touches to the two presentations I made and I do hope that I will have them ready for your publication in the near future.
I failed to pick up my slides on Friday afternoon and I am sorry I had to leave early. I traveled home with Park Gerald and he, too, left his slides behind.
I am enclosing my expense account.
Although I spent five years at Hopkins you were the first to point out the room that Osler used. I am very grateful for this.
With best regards to Dr. and Mrs. Norem and to your wife for serving as a fine hostess at a delightful dinner at the Hopkins Club. With admiration to a great man,
Sincerely yours,
Harry Shwachman, M.D.
P.S. I just heard that Dr. Chaim Sheba died on the day of the conference. You referred to his concepts.
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