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To have won a Nobel Prize in medicine, achieved eponymic immortality with a privately owned disease, and to have been the founding Dean of a splendid medical school are but highlights or high points in the remarkable medical career of George Hoyt Whipple. Sometime ago Whipple himself gave us an autobiographic sketch in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Now we have a different view of the man and his contributions. A fact we may forget about life is that it never can be arranged as a controlled experiment. A decision is made—a person does something—certain events follow. How much does antecedent cause subsequent? What might have been the result had things turned in another direction? It seems hard to imagine the career of any medical teacher, experimental pathologist, or even dean more productive or more satisfying than has been the three-pinnacled mountain of success which Whipple achieved in his several
Bean WB. George Hoyt Whipple and His Friends.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(3):363-364. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860150107025