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ID: RG/RG056
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet
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The department was created as a result of the 1910 Flexner Report, which called for a complete overhaul of medical education in the United States.  In response to this report, Joseph Erlanger was recruited to Washington University, where he served as Head of the Department of Physiology for 35 years until his retirement in 1946.  Dr. Erlanger, together with his former student, Herbert Spencer Gasser, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1944 for the introduction of the oscilloscope to study electrical activity in the nerve, a technical breakthrough that led ultimately to the measurement of ionic currents and the mechanism of action potential.

The name of the department changed to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics under the leadership of Harvey White (1947-1964), John Josse (1964-1966) and Carlton C. Hunt (1967-1983).  Beginning with Philip Stahl’s tenure (1984-2011), the department was called by its current name:  Cell Biology and Physiology.  Helen Piwnica-Worms assumed the position as head of this department on March 1, 2011.

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Restrictions: The collection is open and accessible for research.
Rights: Users of the collection should read and abide by the guidelines of the Use of Archival Collections policy at the Bernard Becker Medical Library
Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], Cell Biology and Physiology Department Records, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
Collection Material Type: Record Group
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