Collection VF04926 - Medicine, WUSM Department of, vertical files, 1940-1949, Vertical File


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Medicine, WUSM Department of, vertical files, 1940-1949, Vertical File



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The department of medicine was inherited from the St. Louis Medical College when that institution affiliated with Washington University in 1891 to become the university's medical school. Following the publication of the Flexner Report, the department was reorganized in 1910, and George Dock, MD was recruited to Washington University to become the first full-time head of medicine at the university. Dock, who also served briefly as Dean of the medical school from 1910-1912, oversaw the move from the former educational and clinical buildings in downtown St. Louis to the new, present-day medical campus along Kingshighway Avenue in 1915.

The department was endowed in 1916 by John T. Milliken. This endowment provided sufficient funding for additional full-time faculty who could divide their time between clinical work at Barnes Hospital located on the new medical campus, teaching, and research without the need to depend on private practice for their income. For over a century, the department of medicine developed a strong tradition of research and discovery in the basic, clinical and translational sciences. Today, Washington University's department of medicine is a recognized leader in clinical care, teaching and research.

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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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See also Cardiology, WUSM divison of; See also Cardiovascular division, WUSM.

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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