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July 16, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(11):1234. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020290060013

HE hobbies of a "thinking" physician most surely cover as broad an area as any other type of thinking man. Speleology is one avocation that is not associated usually with the practice of medicine, or, for that matter, with any other pursuit in life except for the enrichment of the speleologist. Similar to philately with its special geographic tropisms, the amateur speleologist may concentrate on the exploration of caves in a selected geographic area. William R. Halliday,1 a thoracic surgeon in private practice in Seattle, has pursued his underground ventures, methodically and seriously throughout the western United States for more than a decade. During and after his formal surgical training, Halliday deserted temporarily and periodically professional friends and family to prowl in the bowels of the earth. Having chosen the anatomy above the bowels of man for his surgical interest, he chose not to forsake the inner passages of

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