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of November. I really was just barely well enough to give a party early in December. And I was very tired. It makes you very tired, and you have pain at night.

After the shingles burst and kind of heal up, you have a kind of a neurological pain, a severe neuralgia really.


Well, the nerve ends are affected, aren't they?


Yes. It was terribly, terribly painful. And the doctors that I knew knew nothing about shingles, and the only help I got was from the suggested name of somebody in Emory University who was the head of the Pain Clinic, who said what to do. Do not take codeine, have nerve stimulants, electric stimulation of the nerves, those little pads that you could have brought in with a little machine, and they stimulate the nerve ends and sort of distract the pain.


Were you hospitalized?


No, I was at home. But I had people coming to do this for me, sometimes twice a day.

Well anyway, so that took care of a lot of time in the fall, but in spite of that, I would get up sometimes and would occasionally see somebody. But most of the time I was actually in bed.

I saw Mr. Ronald Grierson of the EORTC, which is a European effort for research and treatment of cancer, and his center is London, but he supports the work of Dr. Tagnons, group, which is the EORTC in Brussels, and they're fanning out to do clinical trials with drugs, the same or similar to what we have here. I was very happy that anybody, any layman, was taking any trouble about making

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