14th June, 1937.
F. Le Gros Clark, Esq.,
Committee Against Malnutrition,
19c, Eagle Street,
Dear Mr. Le Gros Clark,
I hope you will excuse my taking such a long time to consider your letter of the 1st June, with regard to the after-care of casualties from the International Brigade.
It is kind of Sir Ambrose Woodall to refer you to me after you have written to him, but I am afraid, as far as I know, the Manor House Hospital would not be a feasible proposition, in that either the annual members or the weekly subscribers have to be members for at least six months before they are entitled to medical treatment at the Hospital. It may be, of course, in the special circumstances the Committee may feel disposed to make exceptions, but they are very strict about the Rules as a rule, and I cannot recall any case in which they have made an exception.
If you would like me to consult those of my friends who are surgeons and orthopedic specialists without regard to their political outlook, I will do so; but I feel sure that they would like to know what sort of scheme is going to be run, and would like to have some information before agreeing to take part in work of this kind, even though it may be beneficial in aim but requiring knitting together in organisation.
This is a case in which personal approach would be the best method, but I hesitate to approach those surgical friends of mine with rather concise minds who would ask me for information as to the scope, intention, and organisation of the scheme which you have in mind. I could, of course, send to them the memorandum which you submitted with your letter, but I am not sure whether this quite meets the consultant's point of view.
I am, of course, quite willing to help you in