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Biographical Memoirs: Volume 63
the tragedy." The respect his patients' families felt for him was such that permission for postmortem examination was usually granted. Many of his wealthier patients and their families contributed financially to his clinic at Stanford.
Addis had eccentricities. Most of his professional correspondence was written by hand, Mrs. Addis typing only the most formal reports. He was rather indifferent toward payment for his services as a doctor, since seeing patients was one of those activities for which he was paid as a university professor. He was also probably the only man in San Francisco to have a charge account on the ferry and cable car lines, because he was so likely to forget his change. The conductors knew that Mrs. Addis would be by periodically to settle accounts. He was as likely to go home wearing his white lab coat as his blue suit coat, and he could announce that he was leaving for New York as casually as though he were just crossing the bay.
Although he rarely, if ever, held formal lectures at the medical school, Addis had a profound influence on many of the students and young physicians working in his clinic. He was instrumental in furthering the careers of several of them. Belding Scribner worked in Addis's lab as a fourth-year medical student. When Scribner left the lab in 1945 for an internship at San Francisco County Hospital, Addis gave him the laboratory's electric pH meter (a valuable piece of equipment in those days) to use on the personal laboratory "cart" that Scribner had put together. Scribner dates his interest in the kidney from his work with Addis, whom he described as a role model. Another of Addis's co-workers, Leona Bayer, decided on a career in medicine after working in his lab.
The renal clinic was run along very democratic lines. All members were involved in virtually all aspects of the experiments, and preexperiment "conferences" saw to it