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On Being a Doctor |

The Debt

Ted Louie, MD
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As told to him by his mother, Gloria Wong Louie.


From the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.


Requests for Single Reprints: Ted Louie, MD, 579A Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816; e-mail, tedlouie@msn.com.


Ann Intern Med. 2009;150(1):55-56. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-150-1-200901060-00012
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According to Chinese legend, there once was an old man who lived in the shadow of 2 mountains. He was unable to move about freely, so he resolved to move the mountains. He gathered his sons together, and they immediately set about digging. His neighbors came by and scoffed at the old man's folly. The old man replied calmly, “I have sons, and my sons will have sons, and their sons will have sons. Yet, the mountain will never grow higher.” The old man's determination was felt even in the heavens, and 2 immortals rewarded him by removing the mountains.

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