D. Gordon Cheyne's name is misspelled "Chayne" in this letter.
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1943-12-24 (December 24, 1943)
Crichton, W. H.
Cheyne, D. Gordon
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Typhus, Epidemic Louse-Borne
Attitude of Health Personnel
Organization and Administration
World War II: Typhus Fever and Malaria in the Mediterranean
Things are a great deal worse that I described to you in my letter yesterday. I find now that General Fox told General Pence
that he is going to be typhus king here and that in his temporary absence in Algiers and Cairo (he's gone today) Soper
is to act in this capacity in his stead.
Needless to say I should resent the manner in which this has been done and I dispute his authority to appoint of his own accord
a man who has been definitely assigned by AFHQ to work here with Region III under my direction.
Soper presented his report on requirements yesterday evening but told me that this could only be "of academic interest"
because "some" action on it had already been taken by General Pence at P.B.S. I therefore felt paralized[sic] because
I didn't know exactly what action was being taken by P.B.S. and where I came in.
I exposed the whole situation to Hume and Kraege and Hume and I went to see General Pence and got very little change out of
him. I begged that at least I should be informed of the degree and character of the assistance which P.B.S. are giving Soper
so as to avoid duplication of work but his attitude generally was that he was only dealing with Soper, that General Fox had
appointed Soper and implied that for all he cared I need not exist. He just will not deal with AMG.
In these circustances I am finding it very difficult to retain my grip on the typhus campaign and although I do not wish to
say that I cannot be held responsible because I want to be a "good soldier" you will appreciate that the situation
is becoming critical.
I am both disappointed and distressed at this turn of events.