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Aphorisms and Facetiae of Bela Schick

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 27 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1358
  1. George Dunea, president and chief executive officer, Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
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    “Meetings are for meeting people—the scientific sessions are of secondary importance,” declared the professor to his retinue, commenting on an issue rekindled in recent years by the advent of video teleconferencing. On another occasion he wistfully reflected: “After 20 years one is no longer quoted in the medical literature. Every 20 years one sees a republication of the same ideas.”

    The professor, Bela Schick, was born in Hungary, studied in Austria, and from 1923 to 1942 was director of paediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. At his retirement he suggested that every chief should have a dog and leave …

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