July 1991

One of Us

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Surg. 1991;126(7):813-816. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410310023001

Picture a young man, beginning his career with high hopes of success, honor, and fame, but a little uncertain, perhaps, about how he will measure up. A crisis arises and in a moment of stress, he fails in his duty. Suddenly, his career is in ruins. Former friends and colleagues have abandoned him. He stands alone, accused by a court of inquiry with no one to help him in his ordeal. An older man, respected and secure, happens on the scene. He sees the young man's plight and reaches out to help. Later, the older man describes the situation to some friends and recounts it so: "... he was one of us. He stood there for all the parentage of his kind, for men and women by no means clever or amusing, but whose very existence is based upon honest faith, and upon the instinct of courage." So spoke Captain Marlowe

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