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     Barring a very unexpected phone call inviting me to attend an optional oral examination tomorrow for an academic medal, I am now finished with my diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene (yes, I already knew how to wash behind my ears and clean my teeth, so don’t even go there).   Tomorrow we will get the official results, but I am sure that I at least passed the course.  “Nobody ever fails,” they said, and I even feel good about my exams, so I’m just relaxing and enjoying the day. 

     We had a nice dinner together last night at a local restaurant as sort of a celebration.  It was good fun.   As Class Rep I was asked to give an impromtu speech.   Not having any good speech writer’s like Ronald Reagan had, I had to rely on my on rapier wit. 

     “Friends, our two Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears! Four score and 10 days or so ago we gathered here in Liverpool to begin this study in Tropical Medicine.  I have a dream that one day we all will be out there serving others… (you get the idea).” 

     I think I need a new speech writer.


Comment from Laurie
Time: 8 May, 2008, 4:25 am

Am I the only one who sees some irony in the fact that you went to Liverpool, England to study Tropical Medicine…?

Comment from TLC
Time: 8 May, 2008, 7:24 am

You are awesome!! Congrats!! And as for your speech, it sounds delightful. :) Wish I could’ve been there to hear it, point and laugh. Hah! Kidding.


Comment from m.
Time: 10 May, 2008, 6:39 pm

“rapier” huh? Maybe I can help.

Comment from sdw
Time: 12 May, 2008, 1:43 pm

I think Liverpool is one of the most interesting things: you know, the sun never set on the British Empire and all that. What better place to study the exotic diseases that pose so little threat to the Queen’s interests anymore….

Comment from The Doctor
Time: 12 May, 2008, 2:20 pm

Oh the irony. Actually the school was founded by Ronald Ross who won the Nobel Prize for his work on malaria. The irony is that he won the prize for studying it in birds while an Italian named Grassi was studying it in humans at the same time and was basically smeared by Ross prior to the Nobel Prize winning.
But anyway, that is why Liverpool has such a great tropical medicine program.

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