Volltext: Reports of Visits to Foreign Laboratories, vol. 7 (1932-33) [Illustrated Typoscript in 7 volumes] Reproduced with the kind permission of Dr. Cecil E. Leith (7)

University of Hamburg. Allgemeines Krankenhaus Eppendorf. 
Physiological Institute. 
Professor Otto Kestner and Professor Franz Groebbels. 
It was our great misfortune to find Professor Kestner just 
recovering from a long illness. Indeed, his first public appearance 
following his illness was made at my lecture, so of course he had 
no problems in progress. I saw quite a little of his associate, 
Dr. Groebbels. He is a pessimistic individual, complaining about 
everything and especially about the economic situation in Germany. 
I think they had no money to do anything with and they could make 
no progress. 
Groebbels’ own interest is most intensive with regard to 
birds and especially studying their instincts, the flying instinct, 
nesting, etc. He had done a good deal of work with the stomach 
fistula, studying digestion with the birds. He agreed with me that 
the goose is an extremely satisfactory and intelligent animal to 
work with. I told him I thought his canary work was all wrong and 
referred to our new article which had not then appeared. He maintained 
that a humming bird went to 4000 calories per square meter, quiet and 
asleep, and 50 per cent higher when the bird was active. 
Groebbels was talking continually about his difficulties and 
troubles but I did not feel at all impressed by his conversation or 
his ideas. I had been told he was a man of considerable means and 
hence one should feel that a great deal of credit is due him for 
trying to do any scientific work. The other standbys or stalwarts 
I saw very little of. For example, Mrs. Rahel Plaut I did not see. 
Lecture. On November 10th I gave the "second" lecture at the 
Physiological Institute in Hamburg, before an audience of 500.


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