Nature's Laws Are God's Thoughts. This imposing motto crowned the entrance to the biology building at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me, in the fall of 1940. It remains among my four favorite aphorisms. Mounted on the wall of the histology room in the Anatomy Department at Harvard Medical School, Boston, in 1943, an old Dutch couplet, translated by Charles Minot, admonished: What good will light or lenses be, if owlets look but will not see? Around the ceiling of the foyer in the Vanderbilt Hall Dormitory at Harvard was Louis Pasteur's dictum: Dans les champs de l'observation, le hasard favorise les esprits prepare. In short: cultivate insight, make accurate observations, and evaluate critically the significance of ideas.
During my two years at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md, 1947 to 1949, a homograft bank was established and the plaque over the entrance to the room announced: "Ex Morte, Vita."
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