Miss Susie Slagle’s

By Augusta Tucker

Words from the achiever

“During college, I enjoyed reading biographies, or fictional works based on real experiences. One book that influenced my decision to apply to medical school was Miss Suzie Slagle’s by Augusta Tucker. That was a book about some young men living in a boarding house while they were going to Johns Hopkins medical school. That book influenced me greatly to enter Johns Hopkins, and to live some of the experiences described in that book.”

About the book

The best-selling novel of a boarding house full of medical students in Baltimore before the First World War.

After two solid months of anatomy every morning from nine to twelve, the first year students at Miss Susie’s welcomed the second quarter with glee. Beginning December first only three mornings weekly were devoted to anatomy, the other three they spent in physiological chemistry. When the Christmas vacation came, everybody decided to rest. Pug and Alex went to New York. The other boys, with the exception of Riggs, returned home. Elbert, however, refused to go back to Pennsylvania and be wept over by his aunts. Instead, he wanted, for once, to forget that he was an orphan, see a city Christmas and have a carefree holiday.