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The Old Man's Passion for Medicine: Would a 1920 Medical Graduate Feel Just as Proud?
by Maximo Deysine M.D. F.A.C.S.
The old surgeonís basement library was his shelter, a sanctuary from his overworked mind and spirit. This silent depository of medical science, like him, ached from age. Filled with mostly abandoned thought, these precious books nevertheless contained hints of a brilliant future in the healing arts.
Then, by chance, from a 1920s volume on human anatomy fell an old yellowed photograph. It showed a dozen young men, recent medical school graduates looking eager and ready to mend a broken world. What, the old man wondered, would they think about the present status of their chosen profession? Would they be as proud as he was? How could they possibly prepare for the bureaucracy and legal challenges that lay ahead?
The old manís eyes had lost the fire of those in the photo but, ever proud of his noble work, sensed a rekindling. His passion still burned, and, if properly coerced, he could return to fight for his beloved medicine.
Then along came a young reporter, who was looking for a story to tell. As it turned out, both were engaged in improving mankind, the old man by healing it and the young one by adequately portraying aspects of a profession that were so often misunderstood.
This story is an old manís reflection of all that is right with the health-care system and, sadly, all that is wrong with the nationís delivery of that care.
About the Author
Maximo Deysine M.D. F.A.C.S. was a professor of surgery and an author of books. He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and completed his surgical residency at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. His other books to date are Sala de Guardia: Memorias de Hospital, a 1987 Spanish-language biography, and Hernia Infections: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention, a textbook published in 2004. When he was not practicing medicine or writing about it, he found relaxation in wood carving. A native of Argentina, Dr. Deysine resided in Garden City, New York, until his death on November 20th, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Maria Illeana, two sons, John and Gaston, also medical doctors and five grandchildren.
(2010, paperback, 124 pages)