The Way it was: Sex, Surgery, Treasure, and Travel, 1907-1987

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Kent State University Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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George ("Barney") Crile considers himself a lucky man, lucky to be born when and where he was, lucky to have had the parents he did, lucky in his career, and, most of all, lucky in his wives. Barney Crile's parents were of Cleveland's elite during that city's self-described golden age. His father was a founder of the world-famous Cleveland Clinic and a pillar of the medical community. His mother took care of the family and in particular doted on Barney. She kept volumes of letters, photographs, and memorabilia from which her son wrote this fascinating memoir. The early chapters give insights into a social class, football and parties at Yale, medical training at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic, and the beginnings of a distinguished medical career. With his first wife, Jane Halle, Barney Crile also became an accomplished archaeologist, scuba diver, and author. After Jane's death he met Helga Sandburg (youngest daughter of the famous American poet), who became wife, companion, and partner in further adventures in travel and letters.
But Barney Crile was and is much more than the prince of a famous family. He is the author of several books and 462 scientific papers, an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and known for his advocacy of conservative approaches to surgery, especially breast cancer. The last caused him some problems with other surgeons, but in this case, as in others, he was in advance of the guild.
Dr. Crile writes clearly, with panache, with humor and at times with depth of feeling that moves the reader and seems to embarass him. Thus he can leave an engrossing description of medical practices to tell us about his brief career as a writer of country songs! One of his friends said it best: "I wish I could have lived Barney Crile's life."
 

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Contents

Reminiscences of Childhood
1
School Days
34
The College Years
42
Medical School
94
Internship at Barnes Hospital
164
Residency at the Cleveland Clinic 19341936
187
Fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital
208
The Prewar Years
213
Beginning the Battle of the Breast
316
The Mouse Lab
323
A Time for Decision
326
Back to the Battle of the Breast
331
Some Thoughts on the Training of Surgeons
334
A New Look at Life
338
The Last Underwater Film
344
The Interlude
349

The War Years NEW ZEALAND
226
The War Years MAYO CLINIC
256
BONITA AND SAN DIEGO
259
The Postwar Years THE CLEVELAND CLINIC
275
The Postwar Years THE LIGHTER SIDE
279
The Search for Sunken Treasure
282
From Sea to Screen
290
The Start of a New Career
297
The Postwar Years THE MEDICAL SIDE
300
Some New Thoughts about Surgery
309
A New Start
363
The Unicorns Lair
371
The Start of a Long Journey
376
Cancer Again
395
More Controversy
398
Extracurricular Activities
401
As Time Goes By
407
The Way It Is
410
Index
414
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About the author (1992)

George is a vetern producer for 60 Minutes. He lives in New York.

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