Although Bill Bean is really but little older than I am, his early and distinguished professional achievements have led me always to look upon him as a senior friend and counselor. I read his essay "A Department of Internal Medicine" at the time it appeared in the Journal of Medical Education (29:11-29, 1954). His insights and ideas in this article considerably influenced my own actions and goals as chairman of the Department of Medicine at Baylor. We became friends when Bill came to Houston as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Medicine in 1960. Although his impact on me was primarily by way of sound concept and sober action, I shall recount here three instances when his thoughts were in a lighter vein.
First, I recall an incident that supports his well-deserved reputation not only as a collector of medical memorabilia, but also as one who knows where to find a specific