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October 17, 1980

Irvine H. Page, MD: Not one man, but many

JAMA. 1980;244(16):1765-1772. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310160005002

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In 1955, the face of Irvine H. Page, MD, graced the cover of Time with the billing, "Dr Irvine Page, Heart Specialist." Not long after that, the American College of Cardiology asked Page, an honorary fellow and trustee of the college, founder and past chairman of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, founding member and past president of the American Society for the Study of Arteriosclerosis (the kudo list is endless), to resign.

Why did the cardiologists want to jettison Page? He'd written an editorial in Modern Medicine complaining about "The rape of the medical meeting." In his usual devil-take-the-hindmost fashion, Page had indicted both physicians and the media for turning a recent meeting into a circus because Christiaan Barnard was there. Irvine Page defies definition. (He was later reinstated.)

Now, dressed in a faded tan shirt, khaki Bermuda shorts, and old blue sneakers, Page leans back in his