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The Florence R. Sabin Papers

Letter from Claude Forkner to Florence R. Sabin pdf (297,987 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Claude Forkner to Florence R. Sabin
Forkner worked with Sabin at the Rockefeller Institute from 1927 to 1929, and corresponded with her regularly long afterwards. Here he discusses possible candidates for fellowships in Sabin's lab, and tells her how much he still values the time spent working with her: "You taught me much about cells, but much more about the ideals of science."
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1931-03-07 (March 7, 1931)
Forkner, Claude
Sabin, Florence R.
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At the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, 1925-1938
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Forkner, Claude, #3
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Letters (correspondence)
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Mar. 7, 1931
1 Tyler Road
Belmont, Mass.
Dear Dr. Sabin:
We are very happy that you are coming to Boston. Do plan to stay longer and have dinner with us on the evening of the tenth. Then you could either stay all night with us or take the night train to N.Y.
Dr. Minot and Dr. Castle will unfortunately be in New Haven on that day because of a meeting of the Interurban Club there. Dr. Minot regrets very much that he will not be here. We will save all day more or less free so that you can plan to be at the city hospital either in the morning or afternoon.
As regards a new man, I have
not at the moment any very good suggestions. Dr. Minot has spoken of a man, Edgar Jones, who is now working with Cunningham, but as I understand it, he wants clinical work. I do not know him. There is a young fellow working here by the name of James Rinehart who has recently been appointed Asst. Prof. of Path. at the Univ. of Calif. He is a Californian and has been here only during this year. He is primarily interested in Pathology. Using some new methods which he has devised he has done some interesting work on the structure of red blood corpuscles and on chromatin in white cells. He will be glad to show you his work. He spoke to me a week or so ago concerning a possible year or so at the Rockefeller Institute before returning to California. I am not sure he is just the man you want. In case any other names
occur to me I will forward them on to you.
I suppose you know that about one month ago Castle was offered the job at the Rockefeller hospital and turned it down. Dr. Cole, about 10 days ago, came to Boston and made him another and a better offer, but Castle again refused. Cole also saw me, but told me nothing of the offers to Castle and said that he didn't know yet anything more about the prospective department at the Rockefeller Hospital.
Naturally I consider myself squelched and have given up the idea at least for the present and will make my plans accordingly. Don't you think it would have been better if Dr. Cole had really told me what he knew about it? Perhaps I'm wrong in thinking that things were not strictly above board[?].
At any rate Bill Castle is an excellent man, well trained, a good clinician, has done brilliant work and has a fine personality. He would have fitted in well there and I'm really sorry he didn't accept.
Also another bit of confidential gossip which you might have heard. I understand from fairly reliable sources that Dr. Wislocki has been appointed Prof. of Anatomy at Harvard.
Somehow I don't feel quite satisfied, when I write you a long letter unless tucked away somewhere I let you know how much I appreciated working in your department. The more I travel about and work with different people and in different places the clearer I understand that in your attitude and in your behavior toward younger workers
there is something extraordinarily fine and unselfish, something which inspires one to want to be a scientist. These qualities are either absent or partially submerged in most people. You taught me much about cells, but much more about the ideals of science.
We shall look forward to seeing you soon.
Claude E. Forkner.
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