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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part One: The Atlantic Ocean

Thursday, September 13 - Four Days in London

Edinburgh to London

We are just ending our four days in London. On Monday and again today I went by, the Underground to the London Hospital to watch Cairns at operation. He is a sound worker and extremely thorough. Monday it was a right parietal flap for astrocytoma, and today a large acoustic, which must have occupied a third of the subtentorial space. He went after it like a bulldog and did a very complete removal. Made a note of eight or nine good wrinkles of technique. I have just returned from dining with him and had an excellent chance for discussion. Was interested particularly in learning his experience with x-ray treatment of the pituitaries, and find that his experience tallies with the conclusions which Sosman and I reached, that it is ineffective for the chromophobes but quite good with chromophiles. He says we may expect him in New Haven for the meeting of the Harvey Cushing Society next May.

Merrill SosmanBob has taken short out-of-town trips, one day going down to Oxford, which fascinated him. He came back with piles of old maps and books which he had dug up in an old stall. I went down to Rochester Tuesday afternoon and spent the night in the famous Pickwickian Inn, the "Bull Hotel". Short's had been at it active and had the plane in small pieces when I arrived.

They had found three frayed control cables, a broken oil cooler brace and loose engine bolt, but there is surprisingly little to do considering the rough treatment which it has faced. We are 49 hours out of Cartwright and the pushrods have not been pulled in this time, although we have filled the rocker boxes with grease on several occasions. The pushrod ends were all in good shape and the valves were not far out of adjustment. The pontoons are in good condition and we simply gave them a coat of aluminum paint. We are now able to ship back the special clothing and the gear which we carried for the Arctic flight.

Called on Hugh Millard,a secretary in the American Embassy, and received instructions from some of the countries later on in the flight. Succeeded too in bumming some Chesterfield cigarettes; my supply has been low ever since it was politely raided by the young ladies of Kerertarssuarak. Found a note from Eric Bligh at the Aero Club, who had come up this evening from Dorking with a suitcase full of books. Mostly medical, but one, "A Dictionary of the Wonders of Art", 1803, gives an excellent history of ballooning to that time, and also an account of M. Garnerin's parachute descent which took place on December 21, 1802. Most interesting to learn the story of the first crossing of the English channel, January 7, 1785, which, curiously enough, was made by an American surgeon, Dr. John Jeffries, in company with M. Blanchard. I hope that during our crossing tomorrow we do not have to repeat their unhappy experience and throw overboard our instruments and clothing in order to keep from a wetting. Chaffee wires that the remote control paper is going off tomorrow to the publisher, and we have invitations from the Klebs' in Geneva and from Olivecrona in Stockholm. On with the journey!

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