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Sherman S. Coleman, MD 1922-2004

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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2004 Sep 01;86(9):2096-2097
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Sherman S. Coleman, MD, excelled in many things in his professional career, but he will be best remembered as the ultimate teacher. His thoughts on clinical problems were founded on fundamental knowledge, and he organized those thoughts in a logical manner and taught them as "principles" to residents, fellows, and medical students. His students will always remember his Socratic teaching methods, by which he made use of engaging questions that led them to commit to an answer. His comments always served to provoke thinking. Many a resident who, while interpreting a radiograph, would make the error of asking for the patient's history, would hear him say, "That can't change the shadows. Just tell me what you see." His teaching method was demonstrated to perfection at his sunrise pathology conference each Friday, which was perhaps the only basic-science conference that ever existed in which attendance was voluntary but 100% compliant. His love of teaching was demonstrated by his great commitment to this conference, for despite the pain and disability brought on by his ongoing battle with cancer, Dr. Coleman taught this session until just a few weeks before his death on February 24, 2004.
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