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Changing Times: Reflections on a Professional Lifetime: An Interview with Paul Beeson

Richard V. Lee, MD
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From State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.

Note: Dr. Richard Rapport is currently working on a biography of Paul Beeson.

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Dr. Beeson: 21013 NE 122 Street, Redmond, WA 98053.

Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(1):71-79. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-1-200001040-00012
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Saturday, 30 January 1999, was a chilly, drizzly day in the Seattle area, a good day to be inside immersed in the warm hospitality of Barbara and Paul Beeson. The “professor,” chairman of the Department of Medicine at Yale when I was a medical student and one of his last group of housestaff, greeted me with a firm handshake and the seraphic smile that had captivated 13 groups of medical housestaff. Barbara, just back from the barn tending the two horses she rides regularly, gave me a bear hug and promptly shooed us up to Paul's office to get on with our conversation.

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Figure 1.
Paul Bruce Beeson, MD, photographed around 1978.
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Figure 2.
Paul Beeson as a boy in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Figure 3.
Beeson's father in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Figure 4.
Paul Beeson receiving an honorary degree from Yale University in 1975.

Among the other recipients of honorary degrees were Eudora Welty and Isaac Stern.

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