For almost all of the early years that I was at the MGH, the Charles Street Jail was across the street. In 1966, a year in which the Chief Residency was started in January, I entered the Department of Medicine simulatneously with Alex Leaf, who was coming in to replace Ebert. The former medicine offices were relatively straightforward: you would open the door, you would come in just to the right, and then going forward you would see the secretary, Sophie Detillus, who was without question the most efficient woman I ever worked with. She was a protector of Alex Leaf; no one got in connection with Alex except Sophie.

Samuel O. Thier, MD: Prison break!