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Edith How-Martyn to Margaret Sanger February 21, 1934

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Title

Edith How-Martyn to Margaret Sanger February 21, 1934

Subject

How-Martyn, Edith
Birth Control International Information Centre
Rieder, Emily
Laski, Frida
Haddassah
Dormaue, Dr.
Ashkar, Dr.
Howie, H.
Abouchdid, Edma
International House
Moore, Dr.

Description

How-Martyn writes about her experiences in Beirut

Creator

How-Martyn, Edith

Source

Margaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress (Microfilm)

Date

1934-02-21

Contributor

Hajo, Cathy Moran (metadata)

Rights

A good faith effort was made to identify the rights holder. Please contact the BCI if you have any information on the rights holder.

Format

JPG

Language

English

Type

Letter

Identifier

MSP LC Reel 20:400-7

Coverage

Beirut, Syria

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21. February 1934

My dearest Margaret,

A warm welcome awaits you at Beirut, Syria whenever you care to go to receive it. At the American University there President & Mrs. Dodge are great admirers of your work and when I called on them I found 2 convinced birth controllers who think Syria is in great need of B.C. teaching. with introductions given me by Mme. Rieder + Mrs. Laski I saw many people _ discussed B.C. The Syrian doctors should be most useful and among them is Dr. Edma Abouchdid. She is a young attractive, a member of an attractive Syrian family, the first Syrian woman to take a medical degree in the American University at Beirut. She is very intelligent, keen on B.C. + intends to get something done in spite of the French mandate. I think you will like her & I told her I should tell you that we have an excellent correspondent in Beirut & that I would suggest to you the possibility of your calling in at Beirut on your way to India. She had a little tea party for me & I got Dr. Dormaue (American) the head of the Gynecological dept of the University Hospital to meet me & also Dr. Ashkar (Syrian) + we had a very through talk + if it were not for the difficulty of bootlegging supplies B.C. would go ahead. On medical grounds I think it will make good progress especially is you run along and encourage them. The organizer of the Child Welfare work is a nurse Miss Howie who spent a year in U.S.A. stayed at International House when you went there to speak, was much impressed & afterwards you invited her to go to the clinic. With her American experience she is planning to do some discreet propaganda with Dr. A’’s help & both being Syrians I am hopeful of results. I shall keep them supplied with literature & a word of encouragement from you with some literature would I think thrill them.

Dr. Edma Abouchdid
Miss H. Howie
American University
Beirut, Syria.

Dr. Moore the child specialist a very capable creature with a Swedish wife and 3 charming youngsters. He does not know you but I am sure you would “click”. and there are others - But Dr. Abouchdid & Miss Howie are really prepared to shoulder responsibility.

Then we fled from the cold & rain here to Sea of Galilee which is beautiful & warm tho’ still rather rainy! How in this district I can become quite curious as to just what Jesus Christ was like for here in these simple surroundings to have preached a doctrine which with accretions is still actively affecting the lives of millions! Well instead of preaching Christianity I have been preaching B.C. to the Head Nurse of the Child Welfare work here -- have made a very good contact. She has been trying to find out about B.C. & eagerly asked me to give her details. She has been trying to fit the Dumas pessary but has not had much success. I discovered they leave the pessary in & tell the woman to come & have it removed for menstruation. With what I told her, with the books and pessaries I shall send her she should get better results with that. She also deplored the fact that Hadassah did not give them a woman doctor for prenatal work + for deliveries as she finds reluctance among the woman to a man doctor. There is one woman doctor in Tiberius but as she speaks no English & I had no literature left I did not call on her but begged Miss Wittenberg to tell her & to show her what I sent to translate it for her. To morrow to Joppa + Tel Aviv Sunday to Mongolia P+O liner March 8th London where among the things I want to hear about most are-- the Results of your Conference-- Your Plans for coming to Europe - and B.C. at the women’s medical Conf. at Stockholm in June.

I shall write from the boat summing up my impressions. Much love & greetings to all your family from Edith & Herbert.

Original Format

Autographed letter, signed

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