Medicine: Rats, Fleas & Men

As an energetic, wiry young physician just out of medical school, Rolla Eugene Dyer started in to practice in Marlin, Texas. His career as family doctor lasted six weeks. "I went in with an old physician who turned over all his night work and out-of-town calls to me," he explains, "and I lost 18 pounds in six weeks. I decided not to practice medicine."

But that decision, back in 1915, did not mean that Dr. Dyer was giving up medicine. Soon he went to work for the U.S. Public Health Service. Last week, nearing 64 and retirement, ruddy, white-pompa-doured Rolla Dyer looked...

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