Chapter 9: The Interview
Dr. Fritz blurted out, “Jesuit high school, Jesuit college…you’re not going to find any of that Jesuit stuff around here.” I said, “I beg your pardon?” He responded by asking, “Don’t you think that your religion would pose a handicap in the practice of medicine?”
Chapter 11: Separate but Equal
The military made a major step toward recognizing the equality of DOs with MDs in June 1968, when the Army Medical Service was redesignated as the Army Medical Department. The new department’s documents read, “The Medical Corp consists entirely of commissioned medical officers who are physicians (doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathic medicine) who have completed at least one year of post-graduate training (internship)…”
Chapter 14: Jehovah’s Witnesses
The father spoke softly but with conviction. My first reaction was that he was unusually articulate for a man identified as a strawberry farmer. He proceeded to explain, “I and my family are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am the head of my household and am responsible for the spiritual, financial and moral support of my family. I have raised my children to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. My understanding of the Bible, which guides my life, tells me that we must not take blood into our body. For this reason, I cannot and will not accept a blood transfusion for my son. I realize that he is in grave danger of death. But to violate my religious beliefs by allowing you to transfuse my son with blood would offend my God, Jehovah, at a time when I need Him most.”
Chapter 10: Wombmates
It is commonly believed mirror image twins have finger, palm and heel prints that are mirror images of one another. But that belief is not true. The prints of any pair of identical twins are more alike than are the prints of two unrelated people, with a high correlation of loops, valleys, whorls and ridges. As with all identical twins, however, the details of hand and foot prints in mirror image twins are not identical—nor are they mirror images.
Contrary to popular belief, a trained German Shepherd police dog can unerringly distinguish the difference in scent between identical twins. There is probably no epigenetic basis for this. It is thought to be due to their exposure to different infections throughout life.