Letter from Robert S. Cunningham to Florence R. Sabin
Along with more professional news, in this letter, Cunningham sent Sabin a recipe for salad dressing and promises to send
photos of himself. (NOTE: The recipe referred to is not included with the letter.) The Dr. Blalock mentioned is Alfred Blalock,
a surgeon who would help pioneer corrective surgery for the "blue baby" heart defect.
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1935-05-02 (May 2, 1935)
Cunningham, Robert S.
Sabin, Florence R.
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At the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, 1925-1938
Letter from Florence R. Sabin to Robert S. Cunningham (May 6, 1935)
Cunningham, Robert S., #2
May 2, 1935
Dear Dr. Sabin:
I find a note in my files to send you a recipe for Salad Dressing! I am not sure if I have already done this or not, but
if I have, throw this one away, if I haven't, then I am quite sure you will find it useful. It is particularly nice on
You will be interested to know that Mrs. Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray has been appointed an Assistant in Anatomy for next year
and will take up her duties June 1 teaching histology and carrying on investigation on with Dr. Blalock and myself.
Our work on the lymphatics has had a set back due to one of our dogs developing hydrophobia and biting several of the others,
so that we forced to sacrifice three-fourths of our experiments. Seven of us are also taking the immunization for rabies
(which isn't fun).
In on of our animals we apparently obtained complete blockage of lymphatic absorption and this animal showed marked loss of
weight, eventually dying apparently from malnutrition. The animal had nothing to eat for several days, and in spite of that
all of the lymphatics of the duodenum were tremendously engorged with fat, the injection ending abruptly in the mesenteric
nodes. I believe that we can prove the lymphatic system to be essential to life and expect that a number of secondary problems
will develop from the main thesis.
In a few days I shall send you two pictures, one that you asked for and another that has just been taken. I suggest that
you throw them in the waste basket or put them in the pantry to frighten away the mice.
I think I will be in Saranac for the meetings and will see you then (if you are going), although it is still possible I may
not be able to attend.