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Letter from Linus Pauling to A. N. Richards. May 12, 1942.
Pauling writes to outline a budget for blood plasma substitute work to be supported by the Committee on Medical Research.


May 12, 1942

Air Mail

Dr. A.N. Richards, Chairman

Committee on Medical Research

2102 Constitution Avenue

Washington D.C.

Dear Dr. Richards:

I am pleased that your Committee is favorably disposed toward the transfusion project which I have proposed. I think that your suggestion that th ework be begun on a less imposing scale is a very good one. I suggest that the original proposal be essentially cut in half, according to the following budget.

Technical Assistants (probably one

Ph.D Assistant, one or two

Junior Assistants) $5000.00

Animals, Chemicals, Apparatus 2000.00

Total $7000.00

With 50% overhead on the salary budget, this amounts to $9,500. I feel that if no really promising results are obtained by an investigation corresponding to this budget, it would not be worth while to continue the work.

I hope very much that, in case this contract is approved, it will be possible for us to be provided with the various fractions of bovine serum proteins which are being made by Armour and Company and other companies.

Dr. Baird Hastings suggested to me in New York last week that your Committee might ask us to work on some other problem. We would be very glad to do anything that you think worth while.

Sincerely yours,

Linus Pauling


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