During my junior year in medical school I was assigned to Osler where Dr.
Stead did the rounds. It was my first time as a student on a medical ward
and my first time to present a patient to a rounding physician.
The intern was new so I didn't know what to expect. I was the first
in our group to present a patient. After I gave the history, Dr. Stead
asked what I saw in the patient's eyegrounds. Well, I didn't see much and
said so. He then asked the intern, who was unprepared to add anything. I
don't believe the assistant resident had even examined the patient's
Dr. Stead then looked at me and said, "Doctor, I think you need to
come back this afternoon and learn about eyegrounds."
So at 3 P. M sharp I marched back to Osler and studied eyegrounds
under Dr. Stead's hypercritical supervision. I've never forgotten the
personal attention he was willing to give me, a junior medical student. It
must have influenced my medical future because after my medical internship
at Duke I went on with an opthalmology residency with Dr. Banks Anderson.
In 1962 I came to Tampa and started our group, which is now the
Tampa Eye Clinic.