Education: Late Arrival

In the past 37 years, few students were long in the classes of Harvard Medical School before they heard of Dr. William A. Hinton. He was a painstaking scientist who had spent almost a lifetime improving the methods of detecting and treating venereal disease, had invented the famed Hinton flocculation test for syphilis. Med students knew him as a rotund man with a flair for rolling rhetoric that sometimes left them applauding in the aisles at the end of lectures.

Dr. Hinton was also the only Negro on the medical-school staff, and promotions were slow in coming. For years he was merely...

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