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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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The Medical School Goes to War

The Medical School Goes to War

(p.153) 7 The Medical School Goes to War
A History of Yale's School of Medicine

Gerard N. Burrow

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the difficulty faced by the search committee in identifying a candidate to whom it could unhesitatingly commit the school's destinies after Alan Gregg declined the offer to succeed Bayne-Jones as dean. It recommended that Francis Gilman Blake, the chairman of medicine, be appointed acting dean for the 1940–1941 academic year. Blake was willing but wanted to remain chairman of medicine, and he asked for assistance in carrying out his duties as acting dean. George H. Smith, chairman of the Department of Bacteriology and editor of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, was appointed assistant dean, with responsibility for the Committee on Admissions and the Committee on Student Affairs. The medical students viewed Blake as “a fairly stuffy and remote person.” “Wrinkle” Smith, on the other hand, short and with lots of facial wrinkles, interacted closely with the students.

Keywords:   medical school, Alan Gregg, Francis Gilman Blake, acting dean, George H. Smith, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

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