1935 · San Francisco
by Leake, Chauncey D.
San Francisco, 1935. Leake, Chauncey D. (1896-1978). Typed letter signed to Berthold Richard Stuehler. 1 sheet. San Francisco, 18 December 1935. Light spotting, tiny holes along folds, but very good. From pharmacologist and medical historian Chauncey D. Leake, co-discoverer of the anesthetic properties of divinyl ether (Garrison-Morton.com 5713) and author of histories of pharmacology (Garrison-Morton.com 2068.14) and old Egyptian medical papyri (Garrison-Morton.com 6471.1), to B. Richard Stuehler, an undergraduate at the University of California who later became a physician. The letter touches on Leake's translation of Harvey's De motu cordis, published in 1928. ". . . I am very happy that you should find intellectual pleasure in my translation and commentary on Harvey's great work De Motu Cordis. If you are not directly interested in medicine or biology, you must be a very unusual person to be attracted by such a work. Harvey's work, however, is one of the great achievements of science and one of the landmarks in the history of science. The history of science is in a very deep sense, the real history of civilization . . ." . (Inventory #: 45136)