V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between August 5 and 7, 1913
Published: First published in 1960 in Voprosy Istorii KPSS No. 2. Sent from Munich to Simferopol. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 358a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Lydia Mikhailovna,

I am sending you a postcard I have bought for you with a plan of Berne and a note of the necessary addresses.

I strongly advise you to go to Berne: you must receive treatment, and Kocher is the only one who can cure you. I have made inquiries of every kind, looked up medical literature (a big book by the son, Albert Kocher, on goitre), consulted physicians in Berne, and I speak from experience.

Write to Professor Kocher in September asking him to make a definite appointment (and mentioning that you dispose only of such-and-such a sum, otherwise you’ll have to face the unpleasant prospect of haggling with the tight fisted Frau Professor). He will answer, fixing a date when he can receive you. Then you can start out. Life in Berne is cheap. We’ll give you introductions to Shklovsky and Shenderovich—they will help you. In a few months you will forget that you were an invalid.

All the best. We shall be seeing you soon.



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