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The following parody was composed by Dr. Russell Carpenter, who teaches anatomy, histology and embryology in postgraduate course 488 in ophthalmology at Harvard. The occasion for this epic was a dinner given by the students and faculty of the postgraduate course. The editors consider that it is too good not to be shared with our readers.
THE MODEL OPHTHALMOLOGIST—MODEL 488
With music swiped from Sir Arthur Sullivan and words that would have made Mr. Gilbert pop-eyed (exophthalmic).Especially composed for the meeting of Postgraduate Course 488 in Ophthalmology, Harvard University, Dec. 13, 1950:I am the very model of a model ophthalmologist,With knowledge so extensive I've no need for an apologist.I'm quite equipped to handle any ocular adversity:I took my basic science course at Harvard University.I've learned ten million facts or so and I know what to do with them;They're firmly locked within my brain
THE MODEL OPHTHALMOLOGIST—MODEL 488. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(2):224-225. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010229011