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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 14, 2000


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 2000;283(22):2906. doi:10.1001/jama.283.22.2906

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.

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