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Surgical Reminiscence
June 2001

Five Short Stories

Arch Surg. 2001;136(6):707-709. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.6.707

In the early 1940s, Demetrios, the chaplain at Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece, was a charming clergyman who befriended all but was on particularly good terms with the medical personnel. Demetrios would eat breakfast every morning with the young doctors with whom he thoroughly enjoyed chatting. Although a highly educated man whose Greek was perfectly fluent, the characteristic that stood out most about him was his distinct British sense of humor. His overall demeanor was compatible with that of a devoted Greek Orthodox cleric.