LOUIS H. RODDIS
Gentlemen: damn the sphenoid bone! This was the annual preface to the lecture on the sphenoid given by Dr. Holmes to freshmen medical students at Harvard during their course in osteology. As he was Parkman Professor of Anatomy from 1847 to 1882, a period of thirty-five years, it became a sort of ritual, a kind of annual event at Harvard to which students looked forward. Every physician and student of medicine will know the reason for such profanity in reference to the sphenoid, for with the exception of the temporal bone it is the greatest stumbling block to the medical
RODDIS LH. Medicine And The Muse: Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D.. Ann Intern Med. ;3:717–723. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-7-717
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(7):717-723.
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