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"No one enjoys history until he's lived it"—a familiar adage. This is a bit of history that I have seen unfold during the last 25 years; one that I enjoy telling. It is a story not widely known in pediatrics, but it deserves to be, as it involves a remarkable man and pediatrician.
In 1961, after six years of private practice, I fulfilled a long-standing wish to observe medicine in another culture. Dr Janeway, my former chief, suggested that I might enjoy working in a new children's hospital in Ankara, Turkey. Ihsan Dogramaci, a private practitioner there, had founded the hospital in 1958 because he was disturbed over the poor hospital care his patients received. I joined him and a small group of other American and British physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. Our goal was to remake Turkish hospital care and medical education.
Sayre JW. REVOLUTION IN TURKISH MEDICAL EDUCATION: A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE. Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(5):419. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140190029017