MISION SANITARIA BRITANICA
(SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE)
Valencia, 1st July 1937.
It was very nice of you to write to me as you did. Your letter arrived at a moment when I was feeling particularly despondent about the possibility of clearing up satisfactorily the many difficulties here. Your letter did me a lot of good, more good than you could realise I am sure when you wrote it.
I am sending this letter to you by Dr. Fuhrman. Fuhrman you will remember was sent to Spain by us last February. I have heard from all sides what a good and tireless worker he has been. The Spanish surgeon with whom he worked, the nurses with whom he worked and other people have spoken to me personally of him with great appreciation.
Fuhrman has much to say about the S.M.A.C. work in Spain and I think it would be a great help to us all if you could spare the time to let Dr. Fuhrman tell you personally of his experiences here and of his ideas on future work.
I have been in touch with Fuhrman, we have discussed things from many angles and we have reached the same conclusions. I think that a conversation with Fuhrman will be worth more to you than a long detailed report from me. If you think it advisable Fuhrman might be invited to a Committee meeting, after you have discussed matters with him personally, in order to let the Committee share the benefit of his experiences and discuss with him any points on which they may be doubtful.
I hear Polenino hospital has been busy lately. As you know the government troops attached there to help make a diversion from Bilbao but without being able to make much impression unfortunately. In spite of everything the spirit of the people here is magnificent. Prieto 's efforts to unify command are beginning to be felt and I hope the news which you will get from here will be better soon. The more I see of the Spanish people the more I admire their enormous courage, their patience and their good humour in the face of odds which might easily have crushed everything human out of them. I wish it were possible to bring some of our apathetic and hostile British