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Most physicians are always looking forward to what is "coming down the pike"; mainly the old look backward to what was new when they were young. Sometimes I am disappointed that at Yale the medical students know so little about what went on at our school 100—or even 20—years ago. Few current gastrointestinal fellows can even identify William Beaumont (only gratuitously and posthumously connected with New Haven). Almost no one knows of John Peters, who helped bring German biochemical measuring to America and made possible the careers of many prominent men (and a few women) in metabolism and nephrology.
Dr Frederick B. Wagner has put together a large and elegant history of his medical school. Yale needs someone like him to record and order its history. "A relentless searcher for old records, stories, and photographs" he is called in the foreword to his new book. In part I, Dr Wagner
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