884.001 Selassie/390a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Ethiopia (Caldwell)

4. A competent American physician favorably known to the Department has expressed an interest in the position of personal physician to the Emperor but would not accept the post unless its scope could be broadened to include directorship of Public Health. Please ascertain whether the Ethiopian Government would be willing to defray salary and expenses of such a physician and whether the Government would be able to support a modest program of public health, with a view to eventual expansion as circumstances permit. The physician also feels that he would need one or two American physicians to serve as assistants and two or three trained nurses, latter [Page 114]possibly obtainable in the Near East. He would also wish his wife, who has had both training and experience in laboratory technique, to accompany him and assist in his work if agreeable to the Ethiopian Government.