Medicine: Sightless Success

When David Hartman entered Temple University School of Medicine in 1972, even some of his professors doubted that he would complete the rigorous four-year course of study. But Hartman, 26, who has been blind since the age of eight from glaucoma and is the first sightless American medical student in this century (TIME, April 29, 1974), has surprised the skeptics. In a few weeks the physician-to-be will receive his medical degree, and he hopes to become a psychiatrist.

Now ranked in the top 20% of his class of 179, Hartman needed extraordinary dedication to overcome his handicap. In accepting him, Temple waived...

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