To the editor: Privilege to know Dr. Peter White
MCO leader’s knowledge was more than matched by his humanity.
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT
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Two recent pieces in The Blade stirred many thoughts for me. The first (“The beat goes on for stethoscopes,” Nov. 21) was about the possible obsolescence of the stethoscope as a diagnostic tool. I recalled a conversation several years ago with a physician at the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio, who was teaching first-year medical students to use a stethoscope.
He thought it an essential skill and was uncharacteristically exasperated when one student, who could not hear a murmur, indicated that in her future practice she would likely order a test rather than rely on a stethoscope.
The second was the obituary of Dr. Peter White (“Physician was early leader and teacher at MCO,” Nov. 21), the physician noted above. I cannot imagine that he ever put on his white coat without having a stethoscope in his hand.
I am among the hundreds of people in northwest Ohio who are saddened by the death of Dr. White and feel privileged to have known him.
While many have been his patient, nursing staff, teacher, academic leader, or physician colleague, I knew him as my boss, and I regarded him as my mentor. He never regarded me as other than a colleague.
We worked together for years in the Area Health Education Center program at MCO, and spent countless hours driving around to Bryan, Sandusky, and Lima and to Columbus doing AHEC work. During those drives we strategized and planned our work, and talked about politics, hockey, and family.
He always had my back and gave me opportunities to build my career.
Dr. White’s knowledge and skill was more than matched by his humanity and his dry sense of humor.
More than he talked, Dr. White listened, with and without a stethoscope.
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