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authority and proposing some other idea, logically developed but foolishly based, as if his training were
sufficient. It is characteristic of all paranoid philosophy and schemes that they despise real experimentation,
that they start with some postulate that has no basis in work done and go on with a minute hyper-logic that
deceives the unsophisticated.
Though L. was "bright," there were better men in his class, and they received the honors. L. was deeply
offended at this and claimed to his own friends that the professors were down on him, especially a certain
professor of medicine, who, so L. intimated, was afraid that L.'s theories would displace his own and so was
interested to keep him down. This feeling was intensified when he came up for the examinations to a certain
famous hospital and was turned down. The real reason for this failure was his unpopularity with his fellow
students, for they let it be known to the examiners that L. would undoubtedly be hard to get along with, and it
was part of the policy of the hospital to consider the personality of an applicant as well as his ability.
L. obtained a hospital place in a small city and did very good work, and though his peculiarities were noticed
they excited only a hidden current of amused criticism, while his abilities aroused a good deal of praise.
Stimulated by this, he started practice in the same city as a surgeon and quickly rose to the leading position.
His indefatigable industry, his absolute self- confidence and his skill gave him prestige almost at once. His
conceit rose to the highest degree, and his mannerisms commenced to become offensive to others. He came
into collision with the local medical society because he openly criticized the older men in practice as
"ignoramuses, asses, charlatans, etc.," and indeed was sued by one of them in the courts. The suit was won by
the plaintiff, the award was five thousand dollars and L. entered an appeal. CHAPTER XVII. 145 From this on his career turned...
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