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thought was that of Meredith, when he says: "Passions spin the
plot! We are betrayed by what is false within."
My dear mother and the brothers who rallied round her all
did well. My mother lived to be ninety-six, and died under my
own roof, until the last in full possession of her faculties. I loved
her, as I could not my father.
My oldest brother, Woodford, went to an excellent school,
the Northfield Seminary in Massachusetts, and later graduated
from Baltimore Dental School. Eventually he located in Canton,
Ohio, and became much interested in dental anesthesia. Joseph,
next oldest, became a well-to-do contractor in California. Freder-
ick became owner-publisher of the Watsonville Register and
mayor of that California town near the Bay of Monterey. John,
the only American-born brother, became head draftsman of the
Goodrich Rubber Company's tool department. All in all, we did
quite well, considering our humble beginnings. From our father
we got strength, but from our mother we got that and purpose
In any event, becoming weary of Dr. Stedman and Bourne-
wood, I decided to try my hand at private psychiatric nursing. I
registered at the Nurses' Bureau, in a building adjacent to the
Massachusetts General Hospital. Here the names of applicants
were written on a blackboard, with the order reversed every two
weeks to insure a fair chance all around. Presently, after caring
briefly for one or two mild "nervous cases," as they were then
euphemistically called, a Newton physician offered me a job
that proved to have definitive consequences in furthering my
My new patient-and I shall call him John Sabin, which was
not his real name-was about twenty-seven years old, a dark-
haired, sallow, very tense young man who came from a family
of means and had graduated from Harvard. Like so many of
the monied New England class of the period, he was very much
wrapped up in history of an antiquarian nature. At its root, I
suppose, was his instinct to live vicariously, as he could not do
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/69/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.