Medicine: Crusader

Crusty old Louis Ernst Schmidt likes his reputation as a terrible-tempered man. But this week, portly, pink-cheeked Dr. Schmidt was basking in a Sabbathlike calm. It was the physician's 80th birthday, and a delegation of colleagues turned up, first to give him a reception at Northwestern's medical school library and then a banquet at Chicago's Drake Hotel.

"I hope this brings in some cigars," Dr. Schmidt cracked. "I'm down to my last thousand." As one of the nation's leading urologists and one of its most effective crusaders against venereal diseases, Dr. Schmidt would...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!