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The spring of 1948 was an important time in the history of the Department of Medicine and of the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In April of that year, William Bennett Bean accepted President Virgil M. Hancher's invitation to become professor of medicine and head of the Department of Medicine. The previous chairman had died in 1946 and there had been an acting chairman, pending the appointment of a new chairman. The word was passed around in Iowa City that the college had captured a young man of uncommon talent, a man who was destined "to do things" in medicine. As in all such circumstances, the incumbent members of the department looked forward to Bean's arrival with mixed emotions—relief at having a new chief and anxiety over the manner of man that he might be. The department had only five members with professorial rank—Willis M. Fowler, Elmer
Clifton JA. William B. Bean of Iowa. Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(5):836-838. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320230046008