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Following graduation in 1954 I secured a position as rotating intern
in the General Hospital St Johns, Newfoundland. This being a first time
abroad did not make the metamorphosis from medical student to medical
practitioner particularly easy. A shared interest in classical music
with one of the other interns made life bearable. His sister was married
to one of the local GP's and I found myself included a s one of the family
at many musical evenings and visits to their summer cabin at Three Island
With the conclusion of our internship our paths diverted, he to
pathology, and I to paediatrics, and with the passage of years lost
contact. His name was Peter Scheuer.
If the subject of the obituary is the same individual I have mixed
feelings. While rejoicing in his accomplishments, I mourn the passing
of a friend of long ago and wish to extend my sympathy to his famly.