Dr. Stead was conducting rounds one day and I yawned. He paused, took his
stethoscope out of his ears and smiled. His comment was, "I have observed
that among medical students, interns and residents there are two distinct
categories: there are some who are 'yawners' and some who are
He turned toward me, smiled his famous "Stead smile" and added,
"Dr. Newborg is definitely a 'yawner'."
Title: Anatomical Snuff Box
Another time Dr. Stead prompted me to find the pulse in the anatomical
snuffbox. I don't remember whether I had been trying to find it somewhere
other than on the hand, but the patient, who was familiar with the
sniffing of snuff, kindly stretched out his hand, palm down, and pointed
to the concavity between his index finger and thumb.
Title: Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis
Bob Kibler and I had a patient on Nott who was dying with SBE. Dr.
we couldn't save him but Kibler and I, with lots of youthful enthusiasm
and a considerable lack of medical knowledge, wanted to go on trying.
I have always appreciated that Dr. Stead let us try.