Bacteriology dominates Martin's life now, although he is also studying pathology, hygiene, surgical anatomy, and several other subjects. His roommate, Clif Clawson, though still a joker, supplies cheerfulness, for "The whole of Clif was more than the sum of his various parts." Martin seldom thinks of his former fraternity brothers. He is more interested in rebelling against the cut-and-dried teaching of the professor of materia medica Dr. Lloyd Davidson. Clif becomes impatient with him. For diversion and understanding, Martin returns to Madeline Fox.Madeline encourages Martin to complete his medical courses before deciding exactly what he will do. Her widowed mother, who has come to live with Madeline, supplies a home and a chaperone for her daughter's entertaining, which is on a higher cultural and social level than that to which Martin is accustomed. A rival is Dr. Norman Brumfit, professor of English, who is in favor with Madeline.
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