A first person history
A syllogism (Greek: συλλογισμός syllogismos, “conclusion, inference”) is a kind of logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to arrive at a conclusion based on two or more propositions that are asserted or assumed to be true.
“In its earliest form, defined by Aristotle, from the combination of a general statement (the major premise) and a specific statement (the minor premise), a conclusion is deduced. For example, knowing that all men are mortal (major premise) and that Socrates is a man (minor premise), we may validly conclude that Socrates is mortal. Syllogistic arguments are usually represented in a three-line form (without sentence-terminating periods)”
One way to make a public school student into a medical student:
[1952: The Chairman of the English Department invited me to major in a Science Department. I was taking Biology 101 to satisfy general requirements for a bachelor’s degree. In the middle of the Twentieth Century, the fund of biological information, to be conveyed to college students could be simply represented pictorially. My drawing skills outdistanced my language skills. [In the fifty’s, only 5 -7 % of the class were awarded the grade of A. The letter grade C was defined as the average, good grade]
(1) My grades of A‘s in Biology carried my grades of C ‘s in English yielding a overall B average.
(2) My A‘s in Biology relied almost entirely on my drawing and visualization skills!
(3) My B average permitted me to sneak into a very competitive class in medical school.
(4) Therefore, drawing made me into a physician and surgeon!
Although, I spent many hours, days, weeks and years drawing, all of my portfolio is in my college library, stored, discarded or lost. Regrettably, I have lost all of my drawings. They were a major part of my life. The drawings used here are uploaded from the Internet. Forgive me for forsaking humility; my own drawings were as good as some of these- otherwise I would not have survived on my language skills. (Well, except for Michelangelo. -I was never that good.)
I made money drawing during college, illustrating other student’s thesis.
Theses drawings which I have borrowed here ,will illustrate my education.
I was a slow student in reading, writing and recitation.
In school, two things saved me and propelled me into a profession. Mathematics and Drawing.
You may think it unlikely but I was always the one to “see it” in math before anyone else. Let me hasten to tell you I paid dearly for this, always bringing up the rear in reading and language skills. (At 18, I had to spend one semester in remedial English grammar-I still can’t spell.)..
While I was trying to hide my slow reading and memorization skills, I was blessed with almost precocious ability to see things three dimensionally. I have had medical students who quickly memorized textual materials who were quite slow to look at a plain x-ray image and expand it in the third dimension in their mind’s eye. That is a skill which is difficult to teach; it was a gift to me.
I discovered very early that I was a visual learner and I leaned on that ability to learn and partly obscure my use of the English language.
Mathematics was a natural for me. When others were struggling with number sets etc., I quickly visualized a problem three-dimensionally. I “saw” multiplication graphically and would draw squares and cubes divided into smaller cubes one could count. I could visualize a picture of both sides of the equation e.g. a2 + b2 = c2; I could have figured that out; but struggled memorizing The Gettysburg Address.
In high school I took three full years of mechanical drawing plus a year of architectural drawing
At the center for all my learning and being tested was drawing, We had a family friend who was a commercial artist. In high school my best performance was in mechanical and architectural drawing.
II think I might have been content to have spent my life drawing. For my sixteenth birthday, I was given a drafting table for my bedroom While my peers were out practicing their social skills I chose to sit at my table at home and draw -it was recreational for me.
I made C’s in memorizing classifications (Philae, etc). I compensated with getting stellar grading of my biology drawings. I used the drawing of parts of the specimens was my crutch for parts of the specimen.
It was at this point in my education that I readCharles Darwin for the first time. The epiphany of Darwin remained unappreciated and misunderstood in the community of my youth.
Here are a few of Darwin’s field drawings:
I began studying the drawings of Michaelangelo and Davinci.I could never aspire to approach Michaelangelo.
In my sophomore year, I took Comparative anatomy:; as an upperclassman, I taught Comparative Anatomy (Sub for the Professor)
Drawing for my Thesis: Embryology
Gross Anatomy drawing
Saxophone: Steve Rogers – Kim Reynolds Quartet
Later I had to learn Nuclear Medicine
Therefore, without drawing, I would not have had the high privilege of the responsibilities of my profession. It was my first rose.
Your Rose is your responsibility is your rose is responsibility. It is only in your responsibility (your rose) wherein you can find fulfillment, the ultimate reward, and treasure. Antoine de Exupery
It is only by loving and nurturing others that you can find yourself.
Your rose is the mirror of your soul. ccr
Joe Henderson, Saxophone, “Bess, yo iz my woman, now.”
Charles Clanton Rogers, AB, MD, FACR December 2 2015