Medical school opened as usual in mid-September. At the first of the regular Friday medical conferences the Professor of Medicine, Dr. Stengel (1) abandoned the usual schedule to lecture on influenza. (As the fifth President of the American College of Physicians, Alfred Stengel, MD [1868–1939] “brought about its complete reorganization and made it the outstanding organization of internists in America” .) From experience with the previous epidemic of 1888, he described the three main forms of the disease, those in which pulmonary, gastrointestinal, or nervous symptoms predominated. His suggestions for treatment were negative; he believed that the use of coal-tar derivatives such as phenacetin and acetanilid was contraindicated; he had no confidence in any of the remedies that had been proposed. For me and my classmates, knowledge of the disease we were to face so soon was limited to the contents of that one lecture. On the following Monday morning the dean announced that an epidemic was judged to be developing and that, with so many medical practitioners away in the army, our services were needed in caring for the sick. So, for the third and fourth year classes, the medical school closed.