His parents had decided their son's poor health fitted him for a life in the priesthood. Charles Henry, however, had other ideas. His frailty made him all the more determined to become a doctor. His hopes of becoming a family physician in a respectable neighbourhood of Boston were dashed by the financial need for sponsorship during his final years of training. As a US Naval Surgeon during one of the most turbulent episodes of American history, he survived Far Eastern tropical diseases and wars with Mexico and his own Confederate cousins only to fall prey to a domestic tropical fever in Louisiana. Learn a little history while enjoying your cuppa !