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Gertrude Elion discussing what her mother's reaction would have been to Elion's successes

"Oh, I wish my mother had lived to see it all. I think she had so much faith in me at a time when nobody else seemed to. And that it would have been a nice reward for her, to see that I really did finally accomplish something.

"But I think she would have been happy to know that, um, the kinds of work that I did, and the kinds of diseases that we worked with were something important. It was something she herself would have loved to have done, in the sense that she wanted a career. She never had the education or the opportunity to have one. But she desperately wanted me to have one. And I think she would have been happy."

Date / time
1999

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gertrude Elion discussing what her mother's reaction would have been to Elion's successes." (Viewed on September 20, 2014) <http://jwa.org/media/gertrude-elion-discussing-what-her-mothers-reaction-would-have-been-to-elions-successes>.

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