Crick was in such demand as a lecturer and participant at conferences that on several occasions during the 1960s and early
1970s, he cited exhaustion as a medical reason for declining speaking engagements. In this case, Crick prematurely left a
colloquium on "Cell Interactions," held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, November 15-17, 1971, even though
he was scheduled to chair a later session.
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1971-11-24 (November 24, 1971)
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Do please accept my deepest apologies for abandoning the Lepetit Symposium towards the end of the first day. I am afraid
I have been overworking too much - my doctor has now told me to have a complete rest for several weeks. I hear the Symposium
was very good value although, as you feared, it tended to fall into three separate parts, but I'm afraid this is probably
due to the present state of the subject.