Is there a doctor in the house?
There will be tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 4:35 on the Puffman Show. He’s Dr. Clifton K. Meador and Dr. Meador has written, in my opinion, a wonderfully delightful book on medical school. In fact, that’s the name of it, “Med School-Tales From The Toughest Year’s Of A Medical Career”. I’ll be honest with you, I had the book “up on my shelf” for months and I grabbed it to take along on my last train ride. It is relatively compact and only about 178 pages long. I found it to be fascinating, humorous, and insightful, and it held my attention right up to the end. Dr. Meador dedicated his tome to “members of his class of 1955″ along with the faculty who taught him, and to his patients “whose suffering made us better doctors”. If you haven’t realized and/or experienced how far medicine has come in the past fifty some years, this book will be a real eye opener. Back in the 50’s, there were no MRI’s or for that matter, many of the sophisticated diagnostic tests we take for granted these days. Antibiotics were not really around and reading and learning about how our physicians were taught at medical school is almost primitive. Besides the serious stuff, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the antics that went on in the fraternity house where these future medical practioners bunked down for four years. (Dr. Meador is a Vanderbilt grad). Some of the antics of these guys cracked me up. Probably the funniest line in the book is, “Dog not die. Boys kill dog. Must do experiment over”. And think any of us who were around for the polio epidemic of the 50’s will be more than curious concerning some of Dr. Meador’s writing on the iron lung machines. Me? I knew WHAT they were but I never fully understood how they worked and what they accomplished. Dr. Meador appears to be no stranger to writing…he’s written 11 books and is a delightful story teller. I think if tomorrow’s interview is even half as good as his book, “Med School”, it will be most engaging to listen to. I’ll be giving away a copy of “Med School” right after the interview. In the meantime, take an aspirin and call me in the morning. You look pretty good on paper!