Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Oregon State University Library.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
The Molecular Basis of Disease
January 20, 1960
I am writing to say that I look forward to taking part in the Tercentenary Celebration of the Royal Society next summer, and
also to tell you something about some of my work, in which I am sure you will be interested.
You may know that for some years I have been interested in research on the chemical basis of mental disease. In part in connection
with this work, I began to think about the question of anesthesia, and I have now developed a detailed molecular theory of
general anesthesia. I am engaged in preparing a manuscript describing this theory, and I hope to have it completed in two
or three months. I am not sure about the publication of it, but I may submit it to NATURE. Also, I have begun some experimental
investigations suggested by the new theory.
I look forward to having the opportunity of discussing some of these questions with you in London next summer.