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At 23 the author decided to study medicine even though it was necessary to work his way through medical school. After graduating in 1907 at the University of Minnesota and without having an internship, he married the girl he had been courting for many years and went into practice in a small town. Four years later he accompanied a patient to the Mayo Clinic, where his former instructor Dr. Louis B. Wilson suggested that he come to the clinic to work for three years, one in pathology, one in internal medicine and one in surgery. "Then," Dr. Wilson said, "you will be a real doctor." The author followed this advice. He established a clinic in Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1916 in partnership with other physicians, three of whom are still there after more than twenty-five years, a period, the author says, longer than any other three doctors have worked
The Making of a Surgeon: A Midwestern Chronicle. JAMA. 1943;121(5):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840050078039