From my latest piece for MainGate, the alumni magazine of the American University of Beirut:
When Charles Raad (BA ’55) decided to gift an old medical textbook from his grandfather to AUB, their shared alma mater, he yielded up a material link to the institution’s earliest days when Arabic was the primary language of instruction.
“The book was like their bible,” Raad says, referring to his grandfather and his five classmates who, in 1871, formed the medical school’s inaugural graduating class and became the Levant’s earliest locally trained doctors. “How to treat people, how to save people. When you read it — it’s ridiculous today. Modern medicine is a different story.”