Richard H. Miller '05, professor of Clinical Medicine in the Medical School, protested in a letter to the "Alumni Bulletin," published yesterday, against an appeal for funds for Loyalist Spain which used the name of Walter B. Cannon '96, George Higginson Professor of Physiology, as an apparent sponsor. Miller's letter called Loyalist Spain "not a democracy, but a communist state."
The letter said: "I wish to comment on a letter which I received on September 29, 1938, a copy of which was apparently sent to every graduate of the Harvard Medical School by "The Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy." The letter consisted of an appeal to contribute money as a tribute to Dr. Walter B. Cannon to be given to Dr. Juan Negrin, Premier of the so-called Spanish, republic. It says, 'we hope that you will want to share in this tribute to an eminent doctor and statesman, in honor of a beloved American colleague and champion of democracy'. I wish to protest against this, and to say that every well-informed person knows that this so-called Spanish Republic is not a democracy, but a communist state aided both materially and spiritually by the present regime in Russia."