Medicine: What Few Have Done

Many an American male occasionally inspects his complacent life and for a minute imagines himself given over to singleminded, selfless service among the sick and poor of the world. Young Tom Dooley did not seem to be that type. Son of a comfortably well-to-do St. Louis (steel fabricating) family, he graduated with a middling record from Notre Dame and St. Louis University's medical school, and his professors thought him destined to be a society doctor. Instead, Dooley volunteered for duty as a U.S. Navy doctor, was sent to war-torn Indo-China where he took...

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