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December 4, 1991

The First Strictly Full-time Professor of Medicine in an American Medical School: Hopkins, Not Michigan

Author Affiliations

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark

JAMA. 1991;266(21):2987. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470210055029
Abstract

To the Editor.  — I enjoyed another of Dr Fye's1 enlightening articles on American medical history but was jarred by the implication that Theodore C. Janeway was the first full-time chairman of medicine in the United States when he was appointed to that position at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.My old mentor, William Dock, was rarely wrong about anything, a fact of which you could be reminded often in his charming, disarming, and utterly truthful way. One of his claims was that his father, George Dock, was the first full-time chairman of medicine in this country when he assumed the chair at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.2 Following my reading of the Fye article, I checked with Michigan historian Dr Joel D. Howell, who referred me to Horace Davenport's book of the school, which indicated Dock's appointment in 1891.3Janeway accepted the chair at

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