Medicine: Rex, M.D.

New Orleans' King of the Mardi Gras is entitled to a royal hangover. But last week's king was one man in New Orleans who did not permit himself such luxuries. He was a doctor, and he had work to do.

Until 4 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, stocky (5 ft. 8 in.), moderate-drinking (scotch) Alton Ochsner, a bouncing 51, carried out his carnival duties. As. Rex, King of the Carnival, he wore a white satin suit, high white kid boots and bejeweled cloth-of-gold robes. But at 7:30 a.m.—an hour and a quarter later than usual—he was on the job in white...

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