A transcription of Letter From Henry Hanson to Henry Rose Carter
Letter from Henry Hanson to Henry Rose Carter, August 7, 1925
My Dear Doctor Carter:
It is some time since I have written you, even though
I have thought and do think of you every day. Now as you know I am getting
ready for the African venture to do my bit in the last fight, as we all
hope, against yellow fever. Naturally I always associate you with this great
project. To conceive the idea of eliminating something from nature, wheter it
be an evil or some other factor, to me appears one of the boldest of concepts
which our profession has ever undertaken. It is a great thing, and you are
seeing this now at a stage when it appears almost a certainty - a success.
Personally I believe that it is only a question of about five years to the
time when we can look back and see the thing as history. I feel considerable
pride in having had a very considerable part to play in this work, and I some
times wonder how it all happened. When I think of this phase of it I also
recognize the source of the success I have had which has been the kind and
friendly, fatherly advice which I have received from you. I want to tell you
this now before I go away again, this time on a longer tour than I have ever
taken before.
The program which I have adopted in the countries where I have worked
has been shaped to conform with your ideas as closely as it has been possible
to do so. As far as I have been able to determine all our work has been done
to conform with your ideas and theories (theories which have been proven to
be facts) and from the present indications with a successful issue.
I have preserved all your letters, and have translated into Spanish all
your writings, i.e. the early ones, with the exception of the one on House In-
fection which I have about half done but will finish it on the first opportunity.
Your letters and advice have been a great help to me, except for the fact
that it or they sort of make me despair of ever attaining more than a very small
fraction of the knowledge which they represent. However I expect to keep a tryin
We cant all be great savants, nor can we do everything.
I should think that one of the great satisfactions which you have is in
knowing that you have initiated a program which has been instrumental in the
saving of thousands of lives in many countries; which has been a great boon to
commerce and to seafaring men and all who visit the tropics, this especially
as a result of your work in yellow fever. Your work in malaria also will go
down to posterity as one of the classics, and I am not competent to comment on
your other lines of activities which your own Service, The U.S.PH.S., always
speak of with great reverence and respect. I have heard no other man in your
service spoken of with the same admiration and respect as that with which they
always speak of you.
Now before I am leaving I want to thank you for your very many kindnesses
and helps to me, I am muchly indebted.
Very sincerely a friend and disciple,
Henry Hanson