Musing of a Contemporary Pathologist

Thoughts on One More Birthday

Contrary to T.S. Eliot, April is definitely not—at least for me—the cruelest month. To the contrary, April has always meant springtime, sunshine, light rains (“ … April showers bring May flowers …”) and the promise of summer warmth and vacations. My mother was in labor struggling to deliver me for more than two days. Finally, on Wednesday, April 26, 1939, I entered the world weighing almost 9.5 pounds,...

How NOT to learn about grand opera and other tales …

1939 was quite a year in the history of the world. World War II began when Germany attacked Poland. The Spanish Civil War ended as Franco conquered Madrid. Albert Einstein wrote to President Roosevelt urging him to build an atomic bomb. Regular television broadcasts began. The first air-conditioned automobile was sold by Packard and the entirely independent Hewlett-Packard company was founded. The first...