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A History of Yale's School of MedicinePassing Torches to Others$
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Gerard N. Burrow

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092073

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092073.001.0001

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Public Health and the Greater Good

Public Health and the Greater Good

(p.239) 12 Public Health and the Greater Good
A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how the establishment of Yale's Department of Public Health resulted from the creation of the Anna R. Lauder Chair of Public Health with a gift of $500,000 from the Lauder bequest in 1915. George Blumer had chaired a university committee soon after his arrival in 1906 to consider establishing a department or school to provide education in working with public-health bureaus and philanthropic or charitable organizations. Much of the impetus for the committee had come from Irving Fisher, a political economist at Yale, who was interested in the economic impact of disease on society. He felt that Yale was well positioned to serve the public-health movement, given the combined interests of the medical school, the Sheffield Scientific School, and the Department of Economics.

Keywords:   Yale, Department of Public Health, Anna R. Lauder, George Blumer, Irving Fisher, public-health movement, medical school, Sheffield Scientific School, Department of Economics

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