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January 3, 1986

The Tulane University Medical Center: 150 Years of Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Tulane University Medical School New Orleans


by John Duffy, 253 pp, with illus, $22.50, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1984.

JAMA. 1986;255(1):99. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370010109038

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In 1983, the Tulane Educational Fund commissioned Professor John Duffy, a noted medical historian at the University of Maryland, to prepare a sesquicentennial history of the Tulane University Medical School. Professor Duffy, formerly Professor of Medical History at Tulane, has been widely acclaimed for his previous scholarly works, particularly his history of the 1853 yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans.

In this volume, Duffy chronicles in detail the history of the Tulane University Medical School from its inception in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana to the present. Also included are brief histories of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, The Delta Regional Primate Center, and the University Health Service. The dates, personalities, and social situations have been meticulously researched and are presented chronologically in a style that makes the book so interesting that it reads almost like a novel.

In historical terms, this is a compendium