Medicine: In the Dark

In many ways David Hartman, 25, would be a casting director's perfect choice for the role of a medical student. A second-year man at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, he is a handsome, Nordic-looking blond who swims to keep in shape and enjoys chess. He is married to his college sweetheart Sheryl, and for the past seven summers he has been in charge of sports and physical education at a camp for retarded children.

There is one significant difference between Hartman and his classmates. While it is not unusual for students to feel that they are in the dark during...

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