Medical History Fact of the Day!
On this day in 1968, famous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter received his doctorate degree. He was lauded as an impressive intern during his clerkship at John's Hopkins and established his first psychiatric practice in the city of Baltimore, Maryland.
His career was notable for many things including an unconventional approach Dr. Lecter had perfected at establishing rapport with his patients. He was known for having the ability to "stare right through" people and harbored a general distaste for blinking.
A purveyor of the fine arts, Dr. Lecter is reknowned for his culinary knowledge and exceptional talent as a uniquely experienced sommelier who could, "pair literally anything a person could eat with an appropriate wine," said one former colleague.
This history tidbit would not be complete without mentioning, in fairness, that Dr. Lecter did run into some legal problems in the latter half of his life, the details of which have been recounted elsewhere.
We here at the Poor Historians Podcast have attempted to reach out to Dr. Lecter's former colleagues for added comments but are finding many of them difficult if not impossible to find with an unusually high rate of disappearances and missing person reports noted.
I'm sure we can find time to dedicate a full episode to his accomplishments in the future.
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