Letter from Frederic Herter to Catharine Stimpson, December 8, 1971, page 1

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          College of Physicians 8’ Surgeons of Columbia University New York, N. Y. 10032

DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY 630 wggt 163th street

December 8, 1971

Prof. Catharine R. Stimpson
The Women's Center

Barnard College

606 West 120th Street

New York, N.Y. 10027

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Dear Professor Stimpson:

Thank you so much for your letter of December 3rd,
with its invitation to to participate in the discussion of
Tuesday evening, January 11th. Much as I would enjoy being
with you on that evening, I regret to say that I have already
committed myself to a surgical meeting at the Academy of Med-
icine.

My regrets are genuine. Laurie Auchincloss and I
have engaged in some friendly but heated exchanges on this
topic in the past, and I am sure she has designated me as an
ardent male chauvinist. My adversary role I should like to
add, has applied only to the role of women in my own parti-
cular specialty, general surgery, and is based on the dis-
astrous experience we have had in this department over the
past twenty years. That is the beginning and the end of my
prejudice, and I admit to some mellowing in my attitudes as
the years pass. Don't tell Laurie this - I would hate to
lose her as a formidable antagonist.

Thank you again for your most kind invitation.
Very sincerely yours,

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Frederic E. Herter, M. D.
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