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
School Days
32
The College Years
40
Medical School
88
Internship at Barnes Hospital
156
Residency at the Cleveland Clinic 19341936
179
Fellowship at Roosevelt Hospital
200
The Prewar Years
205
Beginning the Battle of the Breast
306
The Mouse Lab
313
A Time for Decision
316
Back to the Battle of the Breast
321
Some Thoughts on the Training of Surgeons
324
A New Look at Life
328
The Last Underwater Film
334
The Interlude
344

The War Years NEW ZEALAND
216
The War Years MAYO CLINIC
246
BONITA AND SAN DIEGO
249
The Postwar Years THE CLEVELAND CLINIC
265
The Postwar Years THE LIGHTER SIDE
269
The Search for Sunken Treasure
272
From Sea to Screen
280
The Start of a New Career
287
The Postwar Years THE MEDICAL SIDE
290
Some New Thoughts about Surgery
299
A New Start
353
The Unicorns Lair
361
The Start of a Long Journey
366
Cancer Again
385
More Controversy
388
Extracurricular Activities
391
As Time Goes By
397
The Way It Is
400
Index
404
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