Medicine: Bull of the Bullpen

Into the-amphitheater of New Orleans' old and vast (1,800-bed) Charity Hospital * stepped a trim figure with a calmly confident air: Dr. Edward William Alton Ochsner, then 31, newly appointed professor of surgery at Tulane University. He had ideas about how to teach diagnosis and surgery to medical students. From an adjoining examining room the first student-victim stepped in. He had just spent half an hour worriedly examining a patient. Now Professor Ochsner called for his diagnosis.

"Phlebitis," said the student.

"Why?" bellowed Ochsner.

The student fainted.

In the same bull-throated voice, Al Ochsner demanded of the class: "Why did he pop out?" At which...

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