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It's hard to speak of her in anything but superlatives.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University / New York, N.Y Letter

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University / New York, N.Y.

Department of Radiology

David H. Baker, M.D.

James Picker Professor and Chairman

622 West 168th Street

Telephone: (212) 694-6408

January 14, 1985

Alvin H. Felman, M.D.

University Hospital of

Jacksonville

655 West Eighth Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32209

Dear Al:

Dashiell Hammett, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle collaborated and have finally found a picture of Dr. Fisher which I have had made into a slide and I am sending to you. We had no record of Dr. Fisher as a resident but we were able to find Mary Stuart Blakely as a medical student who graduated in 1948. She interned at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1949 and started her radiology residency here on October 1, 1949. She was appointed by Dr. Ross Golden. She wrote to Dr. Golden on July 30th, 1949 from Venice where she was spending the summer with her parents. The letter on July 30th noted that her address in Paris to the middle of August would be American Express Company, in Edinburgh until the end of August and in London through the first week in September. Sounds like a nice summer. A letter from Dr. Loeb to Dr. Golden on September 7 states that Dr. Blakely was the number one student in her class and was offered an internship at the Presbyterian Hospital but preferred early acceptance at Massachusetts General where she went. While she was in medical school she won the Janeway Prize and was equally glowing. Her record then becomes a little bit sparse. The last two notes in her record are one from Ross Golden to Dean Rapleye suggesting that Mary Blakely Fisher, so she has obviously married in the interim, had resigned her assistant Residency as of May 1 to have a baby and to follow her husband to Bethesda. On the last notation there is a letter to Dr. Christie from Dr. Golden suggesting that Mary Blakely Fisher was moving to Washington with her husband George Fisher. He also suggested that she was an outstanding student and an excellent resident and he recommended that she was an outstanding student and an excellent resident and he recommended that she contact Dr. Christie to be able to finish her training in the Washington area and that is the last we know of her.

I hope this has been helpful. It took a lot of doing. You owe me one.

Sincerely,

David H. Baker, M.D.

DHB/mja

MVP of the Medical School

 

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