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August 1969

Oliver St. John Gogarty, MD, FRCSI: Otolaryngologist, Statesman, Author, and Poet

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(2):235-243. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030237031

WHEN I was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Dublin, in the early 1920's the exploits of Oliver Gogarty in the early years of the century were already legendary. Later, when I decided to take up otolaryngology as a career, he encouraged my surviving parent to allow me to do so, for which I shall ever be grateful to him.

My next recollection is of meeting him at a term dinner in Trinity. At these functions the guests repair to the Common Room after dinner for coffee and cigars and walnuts and wine, and seat themselves at tables which hold from eight to a dozen or more people. On this occasion I was lucky enough to find myself at a table where Gogarty was also a guest. He was a trim, dapper figure, his features very like his portrait by Orpen (Fig 1). Although I have quite forgotten the content

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