At Albany Medical College, the master of physical examination was Dr. Beebe. The son and grandson of country doctors, Richard Beebe was an internist who made house calls. He earned his degree in the 1920’s at Johns Hopkins in the wake of giants like Osler, Cushing, and Halsted, and for six decades he roamed the hallways of my alma mater with a doctor’s bag in hand. I once saw a history and physical he had written. Penned in a small, looping cursive that slanted elegantly, the document was four full pages, a masterpiece.