It was March 16, 1963, and Dr. George Dolittle was practicing his “big three” of osteopathic medicine, working at the New York City Medical Center and on the campus of the University of New York, where he was one of the first to understand the importance of bone in bone health.
It was a time of great medical discovery and change, and he was on the front lines.
Dolittle had been doing a series of bone procedures for the last 15 years.
It wasn’t the first time he’d done them.
He’d been working with his colleagues in the New England Institute of Medicine and the American Medical Association (AMA), the two largest medical societies in the country.
And, for many of his patients, his procedures were part of a larger plan to improve bone health in the United States.
In the first decade of the 20th century, the AMA and the AMA’s osteopathic doctors worked to establish a consensus that the greatest risk for osteoporosis was low bone density.
That meant, for most people, the bones of the shoulders, hips, and knees should be thicker than the bones in the feet and hands.
The AMA and AMA’s surgeons argued that this would make a bone-in, bone-out transformation that would eventually lead to bone loss in the neck, shoulder blades, and other bones.
This was a big deal, because people often felt they needed to go to the doctor for a complete bone replacement.
This type of bone replacement was a form of bone marrow transplant, meaning it involved a living donor and a living recipient.
Doctors used this to transplant a patient’s bone marrow to their own body.
The bone marrow is the “skin” of a person’s body, and bone cells from the donor’s body form the blood vessels in the bone marrow.
This blood vessels provide oxygen and nutrients to the living tissue in the body.
In other words, the bone cells help create a living tissue.
So, if a person has a low bone mass, this would be a problem.
And for most, the best way to treat low bone count is to go into the doctor’s office and get a complete transplant of bone.
The doctor would use a bone graft to grow a new bone from the patient’s own bone marrow, then graft the bone into the patient.
If this graft had been used before, the graft would have been destroyed.
The doctors who operated on patients during Dolittle’s time would have called this a “complete bone transplant,” and they would have performed it.
But in 1962, the surgeon who operated, Dr. Charles C. Strayer, had a problem: his patients were too young.
The average age of the general population was 25.
Dollie’s procedure was too young, and so his patients couldn’t get the graft they needed.
They weren’t healthy enough.
When Dolittle began to have problems with the young patients, he stopped operating.
And the surgeon that operated on Dolittle, Dr, Robert E. Wood, had to resign.
It didn’t matter that the patient had been a young person.
The surgeon was in a very vulnerable position.
There was a possibility that Dolittle would die if he didn’t do the graft surgery.
And he had to make the difficult decision that it would be his moral responsibility to get the transplant.
In his memoir, Strayers autobiography, Dolittle said, “The moral and ethical responsibility of the surgeon lies not with him, but with me.
The physician has the moral responsibility for the patient to undergo the surgery.”
So Dolittle decided to go public with the information.
“I made the decision to tell the world what was going on,” Dolittle told The New York Times.
“It was the right thing to do, the right time, and I believed that if people were educated enough about the facts of osteoporsis, they would stop taking the injections, and maybe they would learn to live without them.”
In a later book, The Big Three: Medicine and Bone, Dolherty wrote, “I felt as if I had been given a new opportunity to fight for the bone that had so long been my life’s work.
I knew that the doctor who operated would be the person who would take my life.”
The New England Journal of Medicine published an article in the spring of 1962 in which Straying, who had been working in the radiiology department of the New School for Social Research, discussed his experiences as a surgeon in treating bone marrow transplants.
Dolherty said that he didn and did not have a particular issue with Strayering, but he did feel that his own profession had not made the necessary changes to treat bone loss.
Starrying said that Dolherty told him that he thought it was possible to make it work by doing the graft on an older person and getting the graft in a younger person, who would not need the graft.
Strying said he