Permission Request and Reply from Dr. Arpad Pusztai

From: Lynne Schuler
Sent: Sun 10/14/2001 6:22 PM
To: APusztai
Subject: Re: book

Dr. Pusztai,

I would like to ask your permission about another matter.  

You have graciously answered a lot of questions for us about lectins, blood type, sialic acid, and many other topics.  We both really appreciate the time you have taken to try to explain this on our level.  Your answers to our questions really cleared up a lot of gray areas that we just didn't have the background to evaluate.  And again, I thank you for taking the time to explain this to us.

Since then, we have had people ask us similar questions because they know that we have looked into these same questions.  I have wanted to give them your answers; but have not, because you did send them to us in an email and I was not sure whether you meant for your answers to be "public" so to speak.  So I am asking you if it is all right if I use your answers when other people ask me these questions on the science behind lectins.  Rather than paraphrase you (I am afraid of misinterpreting something...), I would like to be able to say "Dr. Pusztai answered this question with this information" or "We learned from Dr. Pusztai that ...".

However, since I would like to leave the door open to further discussion... I don't want that door to slam because of an unintended faux pas on my part. So, how do you feel about this?  Can I quote you when people ask me the same questions we have asked you about lectins? 

Of course I would not quote anything of a personal nature -except, perhaps mention your fondness for Lecso ;-).
(and not even that, if you do not wish it)

Sincerely,

Lynne Schuler

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From: apusztai
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 1:52 PM
To: Lynne Schuler
Subject: Re: book

Dear Lynne,

I hope you will not mind to call you by your first name.  I am sure, I am much older and perhaps you will allow me this privilege?

As far as I am concerned there is nothing personal (not even my fondness for lecso) in my messages to you or Cheryl.  I have always been a scientist and, I expect, will die like one and the most important thing about science is that it needs to be open and transparent and communicated to all those who are interested in it.  Obviously, I realize that my views are always subjective even when I try them to be fully objective and I can make mistakes but one thing I have never done that seems to be so prevalent (unfortunately) these days that what I say is always based on my real belief that it is true.  How could I object to your using it?  Please, go ahead.  However, if you are unsure about something, please, ask for clarification and I shall try to do my best.

Best regards for now

Arpad