5T6 Alumni comment on Dr. J.C.B. Grant

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A profile of Dr. J.C.B. Grant was recently featured in the September issue of the MedAlumni newsletter. On October 15th, 2016, Dr. Laurie Naiman, shared comments from his classmates about his class’ beloved professor/lecturer in anatomy and said, "I received many warm comments and anecdotes, which I shared in subsequent emails to the class. Each subsequent sharing evoked more submissions."

Dr. Naiman is also the webmaster for the Class of 1956 website: http://www.5t6med.org/

Full list of comments:

  • “JCB was my favorite teacher - I loved the way he drew on the board with both hands. He also taught functional anatomy - not memorized anatomy. His book was the "Method" of Anatomy and that made it so interesting for me. I saw him once in my practice because of a chronic ulcer on the back of his hand that had developed in an area of chronic dermatitis. Of course it was skin cancer in an area of radiation dermatitis from years of demonstrating the movement of the bones of the hand to his students using a small fluoroscope. I still have my "Method" and the atlas as well.” Dr. Bernie Langer, Class of 1956
  • “Thanks to everyone for bringing back warm memories of Dr. Grant. I also kept his "Method of Anatomy" and his Atlas handy in my 40 years of practice. When I retired I gave them to my daughter-in -law who is an artist. Mollie, my wife of 61 years, also remembers Dr. Grant. She nursed him after his appendectomy when she was a student at the Wellesley Hospital. He was a model patient.”  Dr. Ted Croal, Class of 1956
  • “JCB'S EXIT FROM OUR LAST ANATOMY CLASS WAS UNUSUAL. He finished speaking, placed down his pointer, turned to leave during a standing ovation. He suddenly stopped. He had not unhooked himself from the microphone anchored to the podium. The clapping continued until he left.” Dr. Brendan Sweeney, Class of 1956
  • “You did not have to take notes when JCB taught. I still have both books which were used during my residency in general surgery, Dr. Belch was my senior resident. He then practiced as a vascular surgeon in Peterborough. He also had a cattle ranch where he raised bison. Fond memories!!!” Dr. Leo Chaikof, Class of 1956
  • “I too still have his Atlas and book. In fact I dedicated my book to Dr. Grant.” ((Detailed Anatomy of the Female Pelvis Including Embryology, Physiology, and Clinical Applications 2010) Dr.  John Treford, Class of 1956
  • “I have the Atlas but not the original one I used in school. I remember him vividly. He used to come to our dissection table and give us pop quizzes. We were all pretty good students and had no problem with it. We were in the morning class and when we once went ahead of the pace we were chastised because it ruined the specimen for the afternoon guys. I remember early on we complained about how there was so much to learn (memorize) and in his Scottish accent and high voice he said, "You only have to know what's in the book." He also drew with both hands simultaneously on the blackboard. He was one of several professors we had whose standard textbooks we used: we had Ham for Histology, Best (as an occasional lecturer) for Physiology, and we just missed Boyd for Pathology.”   Dr. Bernie Bronstein, Class of 1956
  • “An unforgettable teacher and character - wouldn't miss his lectures (performances). I especially remember his lecture on the pelvic girdle muscles, demonstrating how they maintained balance--e.g. he walked his fingers along the back of a chair--then suddenly dropped  finger on each side of the chair rail to show the muscle function and the damage when the walker slips - a leg[finger] on each side of the rail. There was a loud spontaneous, collective groan from the class!! He was a legend - a great teacher and a great entertainer!”  Dr. Doug Schatz, Class of 1956
  • “It is great to be reminded of Dr. Grant. I still have both the Method and the Atlas. I referenced the Method in a chapter I wrote many years ago for a poorly received textbook on Anesthesia for Thoracic Procedures. I often look up something in the Atlas and find it useful. Thanks for stimulating my memory.” Dr. Eric Greenhow, Class of 1956
  • “One of the more colorful Profs. - the academic dress during lectures is a lasting memory.” Dr. Ab Eisen, Class of 1956
  • “JCBG was certainly an impressive figure in an area which is now occupying much less curriculum space.“ Dr. Floyd Green, Class of 1956
  • “Lost his books over time but remember his red hair and pointer. And of course his skill with chalk. Remember the day when he eyed the class and told us he didn't take attendance and the next day walked in and asked where Mr. Naiman was.” Dr. Bruce Challis, Class of 1956