Beate Caspari-Rosen, MD
(1910 - 1995)
My First Experiment
For my fourth birthday, I received a dollhouse. It was a beautiful
dollhouse, consisting of a dining-room, a bedroom, and a kitchen. It
was appointed with all the necessary furniture: a dining table and
chairs, beds with bedspreads, diverse chests, and even pictures and
a wall mirror, but what I liked best was a little tank attached
to the outside wall of the kitchen. When I filled it with water I could
open the sink faucet in the kitchen and and wash the doll-house dishes.
I would put the dolls to sleep in the evening, dress them in the morning,
and serve them meals in their dining-room.
14-- is shortly before Easter, and on Easter morning I found a marzipan
rabbit on my breakfast plate. I decided not to eat it but to place
it in the doll house. To my surprise I found small Easter eggs each
morning in the doll's bedroom. After a few days I asked myself whether this bunny
really laid the eggs? I decided to put the precious marzipan rabbit into a nearby
flower pot. The next morning, to my I horror, I found that somebody had watered
the plant and my poor rabbit was covered with earth and water and had partly
melted. No more eggs were found in the dollhouse. I was so disappointed that
I never forgot the episode. After all it had taken place during the First World
War, in Germany, when all candy was very rare indeed.
I now believe that this
primitive experiment eventually taught me to question the truthfulness
of supposedly factual statements unless concrete proof
was given, whether the assertion was made at home or in school. This way of thinking
or skepticism, eventually led me to science, specifically to medicine and ophthalmology
as my specialization. Ophthalmology, is a field that leaves little room for uncertainty
and questionable diagnoses, and where nearly everything can be seen clearly.