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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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“A Steam Engine in Pants”

“A Steam Engine in Pants”

The Boom Years

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A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the appointment of Professor Milton Charles Winternitz as Dean of the medical school. During his fifteen years as dean, Winternitz firmly brought the medical school into the fold of the university by assuring that the medical faculty met the university's academic standards and by reorganizing medical-school departments as university departments. Under his firm hand, the full-time system for clinical teachers was hammered into place. He tirelessly raised funds for buildings and facilities. Winternitz believed strongly in all he did, but he was particularly adamant that medical students should be treated as graduate students—a view that led to the creation of the “Yale system” of medical education. Diplomacy in human relations, unfortunately, was not always one of Winternitz's strengths.

Keywords:   medical school, Professor Milton Charles Winternitz, medical faculty, academic standards, university departments, medical students, graduate students, Yale system, medical education

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