On NOV 20, 1959, while a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health and a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, I reported to the PHS outpatient clinic in the Health, Education, and Welfare building in Washington for a biennial physical examination. Included were a complete ophthalmoscopic examination, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) examination, a dental evaluation, physical examination of the chest and abdomen, rectal examination, a sigmoidoscopy, and a complete neurological examination. In addition, in the laboratory a two-hour postprandial blood sugar, serum lipids, blood urea nitrogen, hemoglobin, white blood cell count, differential count, and a complete urinalysis were performed. An x-ray film of the chest and an electrocardiogram were taken. Shortly before noon, I left the clinic having been assured that all was well and that any deviations from normal in the laboratory examinations would be reported to me the following week. None were.
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