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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

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

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092073.003.0012

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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