Education: Doctors' Dilemma

When Thomas Edison Miyawaki applied for a teaching assistanceship at the University of California's San Francisco Medical Center in September 1964, he had what its officials considered "a very excellent record." Indeed it was. According to his transcripts, Hawaiian-born Miyawaki had a science degree from Johns Hopkins (Phi Beta Kappa, and all A's and B's), an M.D. from Columbia University. He also claimed two years of internship and residency at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. Naturally, California gave him the assistanceship, along with a salary of $304 a month.

As a teaching assistant, majoring in anatomy, Miyawaki proved to be chatty and charming,...

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