It is an unspoken aphorism among the white shoe set that when the writings and utterances of the "Old Man" begin to reflect an expanding interest in the philosophy, history, and politics of medicine, it may be a sign that he is relaxing; the ardent lifelong pursuit of current knowledge is faltering; he is retreating to less demanding intellectual pastures. There are many exceptions to this mean little observation, but the relative truth or folly is known only to each of us. Reading time is so critical that it must be apportioned judiciously. There is great fascination in the history of medicine, yet there is no other profession in which the disciples blissfully abide such ignorance of their heritage.
At the Northwestern University Medical School there is a noble effort underway to correct this cultural lag and to acquaint neophytes in medicine with the origins and insertions of their art.