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December 7, 1964

Ferdinand Sauerbruch

JAMA. 1964;190(10):946. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070230082040

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To the Editor:—  I read with unusual interest your sketch of Ferdinand Sauerbruch (JAMA190:152 [Oct 12] 1964). Unusual, because I knew him rather well from August, 1945, to January, 1946.In August, 1945, Dr. Edward D. Churchill (then Colonel Churchill) and I called on him shortly after General Clay had established his headquarters in Berlin. We had a very pleasant visit, and he was naturally very much pleased to see Pete Churchill. He was amazed at the progress that had been made in the treatment of tuberculosis with the various types of pulmonary resections, and he said that Germany had been cut off increasingly from foreign literature since the early thirties. He further told us that he and his wife—a Belorussian—had lived in the surgical "bunker" at the Charité during the last three weeks of the war, that Hitler had given orders to blow it up, but that

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