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horn. It is simply to underscore the truth that if failure inspires
thought, much good may come of it.
Among my fellow students I was known as "Boston," since I
still retained my curious combination of Canadian and New
England accent. I formed close ties with three other student
doctors, Thomas Price, John McMillan, and Frank Walsh, the
first a Kentuckian, the last two Texans. It was McMillan and
Walsh who later drew me westward although, as I have said,
my mother in California was always on my mind.
This was a period that saw an unprecedented increase in
proprietary medical schools. Many of them, I regret to say,
were neither properly staffed nor physically equipped. Already
talk of a sweeping reform was in the air. This actually came
about somewhat later, shortly before World War I, following
the publication of Abraham Flexner's epochal survey of medical
education and the establishment of the American Medical As-
sociation's famous council on education. I might parenthetically
add that one result of this country-wide reform was the oblitera-
tion of incompetent schools and a widespread affiliation or
merger of the better ones with the universities. Some time after
I had left this movement, among other changes, brought about
the incorporation of the Hospital School of Medicine into the
University of Louisville, oldest municipal center of learning in
the United States.
After receiving my diploma, I registered it with the Kentucky
State Board of Health and, with my friend Tom Price, hung
out my sign on a small side street.
Alas, Tom and I did not do very well. Within weeks it be-
came obvious that if I were to practice medicine, let alone eye,
ear, nose, and throat surgery, as I privately hoped, it would have
to be somewhere else than Louisville. The trouble was that Tom
and I had picked the wrong location, but our choice had been
governed by our pocketbooks, which were paper thin.
I had all the time in the world during the long and empty
hours when the doorbell never rang to ponder my circum-
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/85/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.