Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
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
Person:
Benedict, Francis Gano
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/image/lit39750/333/
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STRASBOURG. FRANCE. 
Ihe strange cas_e of Professor Emile F. Terroine. 
lüSÜtyJLile Physiologie. Faculty of Sciences, University of Strasbourg. 
It has seemed impossible for me to get in personal touch with 
Professor Terroine. Year after year and tour after tour I have tried, 
but always unsuccessfully, to see him. He is a man who has been 
frankly antagonistic to the American writers in general and the 
Nutrition Laboratory in particular. He is very acrimonious and he 
is in constant discord with his colleagues. Thus I am told it is 
utterly impossible for Professor Schaeffer to have anything to do 
with him whatsoever. I wrote to him on July 2, 1952, prior to 
beginning my tour, and again on July 50, but heard nothing from him. 
I then wrote him on January 5, 1955, a paragraph of which letter is 
given herewith. 
'^Although I have never had any reply to my two letters of 
July 2nd and July 50th, 1952, you still see that I am making every 
move that I can to see you personally. Mrs. Benedict and I now 
plan to reach Strasbourg from Basle about January 14th or 15th and 
to leave Strasbourg for Paris the 18th or 19th. During my stay I 
shall make one effort to see you personally. If I am unsuccessful 
I am afraid I shall not have courage to carry it any further." 
I do not understand Terroine at all. It is a rather singular 
thing that in the entire European field of physiology the only two 
points where there is anything but a very friendly relation with 
the Nutrition Laboratory happen to be with Frenchmen, (1) Terroine 
and (s) Dautrebande. I have considered it an important part of my 
mission to try to get in touch with these two men and straighten 
out seeming difficulties, but it simply can not be done and I have 
finally come to the conclusion that it is not worth the effort. 
When I arrived in Strasbourg, although I had heard nothing 
whatsoever from Terroine, although the Carnegie Institution had sent 
him a copy of the snake monograph of which he had never acknowledged 
receipt, I tried to telephone him from the hotel but without success. 
I then took the chance of going to his laboratory. On my arrival 
there I was told he was not there, but was at home. Monsieur Bonnet, 
his first assistant, received me courteously but'coolly and in a 
perfectly justifiable manner farmed me out to a very intelligent 
young woman (whose name I have forgotten). She showed me all over 
the place but I found practically nothing going on in gaseous 
metabolism. They were all occupied with nitrogen metabolism and 
chiefly with frogs. I left my card and expressed regret at not having 
seen Professor Terroine, and told them I would be at the Hôtel de 
France and I was to lecture on two afternoons at the Faculty of Medicine.
        

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