The long and challenging years of training in medical school, internship, and residency are at times punctuated by interactions with certain teachers who provide the encouragement and sense of purpose we need. Most of us can recall these "role models" who sparked the part of our professional goals that are special to each of us.
So it was for me with Dr William R. Ganton. During the year we worked together, his breadth and depth of knowledge and his outstanding clinical abilities were apparent. But it was the time spent searching for the best approaches to challenging patient problems that consolidated our professional relationship—and our friendship.
I remember vividly how we worked late into the night with a critically ill woman who was in respiratory failure. She had not responded to a week of routine intensive care measures and seemed certain to develop complications and suffer further clinical deterioration. Dr
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