JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
The pupils and friends of William H. Welch, professor of pathology,
Johns Hopkins University, celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of his doctorate
by presenting him with a copy of the volume bearing the titles at the head
of this note. An event of this sort merits a little more than a passing word.
In the first place, it is certainly gratifying to all interested in the progress
of medicine in America that the custom of issuing a memorial volume—"Festschrift"—is
coming into vogue. What better, more permanent, and more universally acceptable
method is there by which to honor a great man or to commemorate an important
event than the publication of an appropriate book? A memorial of this sort
is imperishable in more than one sense: libraries the world over will hand
these books down to remotest posterity and the influence of the results of
the original work, embodied in such a book as the one issued in the honor
of Professor Welch, is permanent because of the additions thus made to science;
because of the stimulus and the encouragement given the various authors and
all workers in the same fields. A glance at the superb and handsome volume
before us is sufficient to emphasize the truth of these statements.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE BY THE PUPILS OF WILLIAM H. WELCH.. JAMA. 2000;283(22):2906. doi:10.1001/jama.283.22.2906