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The institute of which I desire to speak to you can not rank in wealth with the other institutions mentioned. It is small, modest in its beginning, and has for its location Chicago.
The Memorial Institute for Infectious Diseases was organized January, 1902, by Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. McCormick, of Chicago, in memory of a son, who died of scarlet fever in January, 1901. At first their object was to study the cause of scarlet fever alone, but a few of their friends of the medical profession persuaded them that the conduct of a laboratory alone for the study of the cause of this disease was not the proper method of procedure, and the founders finally modified the plan by incorporating a hospital with it, and it was then named the Memorial Institute for Infectious Diseases. The institute has been wrongly named in some periodicals as the McCormick Institute
BILLINGS F. THE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES.. JAMA. 1904;XLII(26):1676-1677. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490710008002d