Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 4 (1923) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith
Benedict, Francis Gano
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Commenting upon the food faddists in Finland, including, I am sorry to 
3ay, his colleague, Von Y/endt, Tigerstedt felt that Von Y7endt was very 
unsound in his theories. He said that at the present time everybody in 
Finland was crazy over vitamines. Indeed, they were upsetting national 
affairs by shipping out butter and introducing margarine. 
Tigerstedt, Jr., had been called upon by the city to supervise a very 
large restaurant in Helsingfors, a philanthropic institution in which food 
could be served to students, assistants, and faculty members for about one- 
half the price for food served in the city restaurants. Only this class 
of people, however, was permitted to oat there. He told me he gave about 
four thousand meals daily. 
The alcohol situation in Finland is very bad, even worse than before 
prohibition. The intelligent people now wish to drink. The fanners drink 
Plsthonian alcohol which comes over across the gulf of Finland very cheap. 
There is very much chicanery and smuggling. Many of the boats that 
formerly served as fishing boats are now converted into snuggling alcohol 
from Ssthonia and carrying it to the farmers inland. One got the impression 
that the situation in Helsingfors was really very, very bad, the situation 
being on an altogether different plane from the alleged plane in the 
United States. 
Tigerstedt, Sr., had just finished the last edition of his "Lehrbuch 
der Physiologie" and very kindly presented me with a copy, which I brought 
back with me. He was, as usual, very chatty as to his impressions with 
regard to other individuals. Commenting upon the Harvard Apparatus Company 
apparatus, he found the kymograph was very, very good. The weak points 
were the base and the top and the tendency to drop the cylinder on the 
spindle. He had for much use in eye work a Swedish arc light, which was very 
good, it was contained in a soapstone house, which I had never seen before, 
l,ut it apparently played a great role in many of their graphic registrations.


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