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—In his paper on surgical progress, Kanavel mentions Parkes as the preceptor of Albert J. Ochsner. Dr. Ochsner had another preceptor who influenced him to take one of the most important steps of his career. When he was a young man teaching school at Ironton, Wis., saving a few hundred dollars that he might proceed directly to medical college, he was blessed with the friendship of E. J. Lewis, the village doctor Dr. Lewis instructed the young man in anatomy and physiology and prevailed on him to enter the state university, where, in due time, he received the bachelor's degree in science. Dr. Lewis, himself a man of culture and descended through generations of a Connecticut family with root stock in Wales, was one of the men who thus early knew that success in medical work would increasingly require a higher degree of preliminary education. Without his
Corrigan SH. A PIONEER PRECEPTOR. JAMA. 1927;88(25):1983. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680510041024
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