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The Florence R. Sabin Papers

Letter from Florence R. Sabin to Ella Strong Denison pdf (184,492 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Florence R. Sabin to Ella Strong Denison
In this letter Sabin explains why she turned down a faculty position at the Rockefeller-sponsored Peking Union Medical College.
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1923-01-28 (January 28, 1923)
Sabin, Florence R.
Denison, Ella Strong
Original Repository: Smith College. Sophia Smith Collection. Florence Rena Sabin Papers
Reproduced with permission of Geraldine F. Swan.
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On the Faculty at 'The Hopkins', 1902-1925
Box Number: 10
Folder Number: 2
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Letters (correspondence)
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My dear Mrs. Denison,
Thank you very much for the picture--it is a charmer. Some day we shall have lots of poppies in their native habitat.
I had a terribly hard time over my decision about China. At first I thought that I really had to go and from the standpoint of position, I probably should have gone, because it is the first time a woman has had a full chair in a man's institution. I must ask you not to let it get out that I have declined. I made up my mind that I cared more for my research than I did for positions and just now there is so much planned for the next two or three years that [I] just couldn't go and leave it.
Cunningham and Doan are getting more and more proof that my theory is correct, so I am pretty happy. When I am ready to retire from active teaching I should enjoy a position for research in some other laboratory--and then I might like a year in Peking. Four men asked to go there next year. Two of them have slowed down in research; the third wanted to go because his subject is parasites, but the chance made me realize that the next two or three years are likely to be my best.
I wrote Dr. Sewall a long letter about the blood work the other day, thinking that he would be especially interested. I felt pretty worried about him because his letter sounded as if he had been pretty much used up by that anti-vivisection campaign. He was to return to Denver about the 20th of January.
I trust my letter isn't too hard to read. Your writing is so wonderfully clear--mine gets worse and worse. At any rate, I send lots of thanks for my poppies.
Florence R. Sabin
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