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Doctor's Luck

Neil Nakadate, PhD
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Iowa State University; Ames, IA 50011-1201


Requests for Single Reprints: Neil Nakadate, PhD, Iowa State University, Ross Hall 203, Department of English, Ames, IA 50011-1201; e-mail, neiln@iastate.edu.


Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(2):142. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-137-2-200207160-00016
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My father, Katsumi James Nakadate, who had known from the age of 4 that he would become a physician, retired from the practice of anesthesiology when he was 67. He retired from fishing a few years later, acknowledging a veteran's respect for fast-moving water and an intelligent fear of falling down one of the Oregon riverbanks where he had waved magic with a spinning rod for many years—on the Wilson, Trask, Nehalem, Nestucca, Deschutes. But he held on to his fishing vests until he was 85.

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