, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 1683-1685
Date: 06 Aug 2013

The Mentor

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The last month of my Internal Medicine residency was a memorable one, thanks to Mr. Perini

The identities of the patient and physicians in this story have been changed. Resemblance to any individuals, living or deceased, is coincidental.

. He had had an anterior myocardial infarction complicated by malignant arrythmias, and in the days before electrophysiology mapping and cardiac ablation, stopping them had proved impossible. Without a continuous lidocaine infusion, Mr. Perini rapidly developed ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest. We were at a loss.

The day the new interns arrived, my attending, Dr. Benedict, called me aside. “I’ll be out of town for a few days, but Dr. Furstmann has agreed to cover for me. You know, he’s an authority on arrhythmias. Maybe he can help us figure out what to do for Mr. Perini”. My heart sank.

Karl O. Furstmann, MD, DPhil(Ox), MACP, AAP, FACC, FAHA was the most feared attending physician at University Hospital. Not only was he demanding and abusive, b