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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1914-1917
        Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower, Dr EN Miles Thomas to R Zeiller

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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from John McLean Thompson

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/13/333

Date(s)

13 September 1916

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

letter

Name of creator

Thompson | John McLean | 1887-1977 | professor of botany, University of Liverpool

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from John McLean Thompson in which he describes his experience at Alexandria Hospital, Cosham. He was sent to the hospital to perform as a pathlogist and put under the command of a bacteriologist who , he alleges, did not relish his company and would not support him if anything went wrong. During his two week trial, he claims he performed many tasks well but there were three cases which went badly - he did not take a white cell count in time due to inexperience so was judged to have failed in an urgent matter, he did not examine a cerebo-spinal patient as required due to lack of experience and poor equipment and he made a clerical error in a report. This led to his appointment not being confirmed and his return to Glasgow, the reasons given to him being his lack of experience and training which did not make him suitable for work in a military laboratory. He alleges that the commanding officer who made this decision did so without knowledge of his experience, having never visited the laboratory during his trial, and on the word of his superior alone who was predisposed against him. He believes that the report which went to the War Office was therefore unjust and is writing to acquaint Bower with the full facts of the situation so that the Royal Society, who had sponsored him, could be kept informed. Sir Robert Muir has informed him that he too thinks his treatment was unjust and that he has not been the only person to be treated that way

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