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Surgical Reminiscence
November 1999

Robert E. Condon, MD, and the Rabbi

Arch Surg. 1999;134(11):1283. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.11.1283

ON A Monday morning, I am suddenly summoned to the office of the chairman of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I run over across a mile-long corridor and am ushered into the chairman's spacious chamber. The chairman, Robert E. Condon, MD, shakes my hand and sinks his impressive bulk into a leather chair.

"Well, Moish," he starts, "how many months we have you here in America? Six, seven? My sources and myself think that you need a little help in adjusting to this new environment, eh? You see, here, to get on better with people you need to schmooze them. I was thinking about it and . . . well, yesterday I called a big shot rabbi here in Milwaukee. I talked to him—told him to teach you how to charm and schmooze people in the US. Here, take this phone number; call him, go to see him, and report back to me. I want to see results!"

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