Adam Blatner

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A Decision to Become a Doctor

Originally posted on March 10, 2019

When I was seven years old, Dr. Dixon operated on me at the Mayo Clinic, leaving me with a colostomy for a year. I went back a year later and he closed it. He wrote articles such as this shortly afterwards:

Surgical Clinics of North America; Volume 28, Issue 4, August 1948, Pages 889-902: In a Symposium On Surgical Physiology, The Surgical Treatment of Congenital Megacolon* Author links open overlay panel Claude F.Dixon & David B. Judd.

Dr. Dixon wrote articles such as this about that same time–it might have been about me!

That was the turning point! I had always wanted to be a doctor and help kids, but these experiences plus the museum there plus the positive attention, etc., fixed this ambition in my mind! And though I became a psychiatrist because I thought I was clumsy, it all started me on my life trajectory.


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