The Serendipitous Creation of the Indiana Statewide System of Medical Education follows key individuals, events, and developments that led to a surprising solution: the creation of the network of facilities that comprises the State Medical Education System today. It starts with the Problem: Indiana losing ground in its ability to furnish doctors for the populace, then continues on to the Diagnosis: the Stoner Commission asked to fathom the medical education dilemma. From there it explains the Prescription: a new bill is lobbied into effect, a new four-year medical school is (almost) put in South Bend, and a phoenix arises from Appendix No. 3. It ends with the Recovery: legislature is passed in 1971. The text is accompanied by photographs and primary source materials.