1906 heritage— is a reference to René’s father, who was a doctor in San Francisco at the time of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Despite being only 24-years-old, he was soon put in charge of the tent hospital set up in the Presidio to care for the injured and ill.
A certain 24 year old young man in 1906 — is a reference to René’s father. On the morning of the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco, René Bine Sr., M.D. commandeered a horse at gunpoint with the declaration, “I’m a doctor, I have things to do!” Or, at least, that has always been the family lore.
Charlie Chaplain picture – a reference to “Modern Times,” a film in which Charlie Chaplain plays his Tramp character as a factory worker on an assembly line.
Luer – short for Luer syringe – a glass syringe used for hypodermic and intravenous purposes
Lues – an old name for syphilis. Pronounced “lou-ease.”
M.C. – Abbreviation for Medical Corps of the U.S. Army is a staff corps (non-combat specialty branch) of the U.S. Army Medical Department consisting of commissioned medical officers – physicians with either an M.D. or D.O. degree, at least one year of post-graduate clinical training and a state medical license.
Pinch graft – a small piece of skin graft, partial or full thickness, obtained by elevating the skin with a needle and slicing it off with a scalpel.
New Year – Rosh Hashanah
The Farm — Nickname for Stanford University. It was derived from the days when horses rather than students roamed in what previously was the farm of university founders Leland and Jane Stanford.
The four of us — Lois, René, Bob Treadwell and Charlotte Bambino (Bam)
The three of us — Lois, Alain and René
U.C. — University of California (probably UC Berkeley)