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August 9, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(6):537-539. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090060127015

William Henry Welch, teacher, pathologist, bacteriologist, editor, and founder of the first public health school as well as the first institute of medical history in this country, was the architect of contemporary medical education in America. Welch was born into a family of country doctors in Norfolk, Conn.1 His mother died when he was an infant and his early upbringing was largely entrusted to his grandmother. At 12 he attended the Winchester Institute and graduated from Yale shortly after his 20th birthday. For a year at Norwich, NY, he pursued his original intention of teaching Latin and Greek. The following year Welch spent as an apprentice to his father before he was attracted once more to Yale. This time he chose the Sheffield Scientific School where laboratory work was possible in a scholastic environment. He then entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons from which he graduated in 1875,

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