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December 2, 1939

We Didn't Ask Utopia: A Quaker Family in Soviet Russia

JAMA. 1939;113(23):2086. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480072034

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This volume comes with an introduction by Walter Duranty, who certainly knows about Russia, and Dr. C.-E. A. Winslow, who knows the authors and who met them at the Hotel National in Moscow in 1936. The book includes the letters of Mr. Harry Timbres, the journal of his wife, and some reference to their children. The authors, who are Quakers, went to Russia to study the system and particularly to look at socialized medicine. Harry Timbres was interested in the prevention of malaria, and shortly after their arrival in Russia they made contacts with Russian health authorities and with Dr. Sigerist. The letters give a clear picture of events in Russia and particularly of the antimalaria work. The journal of Rebecca Timbres reveals much more of Russian habits of mind and of the conditions than do the letters of Harry Timbres. It is interesting to read at this time Litvinov's

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