Medicine: Self-Made Doctor

The new intern who began his duties at Brooklyn's Women's Hospital soon after he got out of the Army in 1945 seemed to have everything. He showed the hospital authorities photostats of degrees from Scottish and German universities; medical patter rolled smoothly off his tongue. The confidence inspired by his earnest, sympathetic eyes and velvety bedside manner suggested that William R. MacLeod would go far in his chosen profession. Within the next few months he had helped deliver 475 babies.

For almost five years, MacLeod transferred from one hospital to another in the New York area, always making a good impression, never...

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