BLODGETT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN 49506
May 1, 1972
Professor Linus Pauling
Stanford, California 94305
Dear Professor Pauling:
It was a pleasure to see you again personally 2 weeks ago at Michigan State University and to hear you speak again.
I was stunned to hear in the question and answer period you, of all human beings, accused of racism because you, like
myself, urge mass screening and vigorous genetic counseling against having children in ehterozygote S matings. The only hope
of Black Americans and others of th elimination of this dreadful disease as soon as possible is by such methods. How pathetically
confused the misguided zealots can be!!
I have enclosed a letter in LANCET which I wrote. I cite your work and also discuss in the last paragraph two new possible
methods of action of urea in sickling which Dr. Murayama and I are now thinking about. Perhaps, if you find time, you may
wish to comment.
Paul Wolf tells me that your attention is now directed to prostaglandins and their role in sickling. I feel certain that
you will make major discoveries in this direction.
I learned yesterday at the medical school at Wayne yesterday that you will be the commencement speaker in May. I shall
try to get to Detroit to hear you again.
I almost forgot to mention that you should also read the letter in LANCET on page 901 by Dr. Friedmann who cites the
toxic action of long term cyanate exposure on kidney function. Cerami and Manning must reckon with this in their cyanate approach
I have enclosed a 35 mm photo of the EMMY which our TV documentary won. We all believe that without your participation
we never would have won it. I am having a large color print made up for you for your archives as a memento and will send it
Most sincerely yours,
Robert M. Nalbandian, M.D.