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E. P. LYON, Ph.D., M.D.
JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1307-1313. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430001001.
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On the 24th of May just past, in the faculty room of the Medical School of the University of Minnesota, Rood Taylor was examined for the degree of Doctor of Science in Pediatrics. About ten persons were present. These included the associate professor of pediatrics, presiding in the absence of the chief of the department; two professors of anatomy, one of whom has specialized in the anatomy of the infant; one professor of physiology; two of medicine, and an associate professor of chemistry.

For more than two hours a lively game went on across the invisible net separating faculty and student. One after another the professors served swift questions; and the answers came back, usually, fair in the court—sometimes (be it whispered), lobbed quite over the heads of the faculty players! Occasionally, however, the young player's racquet seemed full of holes, and the questions went past him into indefinite vacancy.


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