"Now a cholera epidemic was sweeping through Southeast Asia and south Asia in the early 1970s, so I started medical school and I joined a laboratory to work on this."
"I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course."Peter Agre on Groucho Marx
"A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running."Peter Agre on Groucho Marx
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."Peter Agre on Erma Bombeck
"They certainly give very strange names to diseases."Peter Agre on Plato
"Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it."Peter Agre on Erma Bombeck
"We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible."
"Dad was a chemistry professor at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, then Oxford College in Minnesota, and a very active member of the American Chemical Society education committee, where he sat on the committee with Linus Pauling, who had authored a very phenomenally important textbook of chemistry."
"The long, cold Minnesota winters instilled in me a fascination for exotic far off places I aspired toward a career in tropical diseases and world health problems."
"My brother Jim and I spent many wonderful summers working on dairy farms in Wisconsin owned by Mom's cousins, and as members of our local Boy Scout troop."
"Following my junior year in high school, I went on a camping trip through Russia in a group led by Horst Momber, a young language teacher from Roosevelt."