Flexner was director of the Rockefeller Institute from 1901 to 1935. Flexner asks Sabin to do some "surgery" on one
of her research fellow's papers, and complains about the poor writing skills of "our young men."
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1931-01-26 (January 26, 1931)
Sabin, Florence R.
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Florence R. Sabin Papers
Reproduced with permission of the American Philosophical Society.
At the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, 1925-1938
Flexner, Simon, Folder #5
January 26, 1931
Dear Dr. Sabin:
This paper has troubled us a good deal, and it is very doubtful whether Dr. Wiseman can improve it. Cannot you take it in
hand yourself, and rewrite and condense it from beginning to end? I am confident that it can be cat in half to advantage.
Could not the paper be made a mere factual one, without too many general considerations, to determine which much more study
seems required. No one, I fear, but yourself can do this. It is quite hopeless to expect so young and inexperienced a man
as Wiseman to do it, and of course it is really your problem. We all have similar troubles with our young men. When they
stay on here, we can often train them to think and write more succinctly. We must avoid diffuseness in thinking and writing,
as you know. You can call on Mr. Wignall to put the paper in final form, after you have carried out a lot of "surgery".
As you will see, Dr. Rous has indicated in the first pages what may be done all the way through. Might not Wiseman get a
more concrete basis for some of his discussion by studying cells in the thoracic duct? You can judge of this better than
I. If this is a possibility, why not let him do this in Columbus and report to you?
I shall be back by April 1, by which time the revised paper should be ready. Please let me see it then. I am having the colored
plates estimated. Will your budget stand the expense of these plates on a 50% ratio with the Journal?