Students recite the Oath of Hippocrates. Photo: Greater Louisville Medical Society

In May of this year, one of Britain’s most wanted criminals, a man called Ronald Biggs, returned to Britain after thirty years of exile in Brazil. Now aged seventy-one, he was arrested on arrival and taken straight to prison. Biggs was one of the men behind the “Great Train Robbery” of 1963, whose daring astonished the country and netted the robbers about $60 million in today’s money. Biggs was caught and imprisoned, but he managed to escape to Brazil, a country with which Britain does not have an extradition treaty. He decided to return after so long a period of exile because he was ill and impoverished (he had lived...


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