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.
On the Faculty at 'The Hopkins', 1902-1925
Box Number: 10
Folder Number: 2
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
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.