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March 23, 1940

The Flowering of an Idea: A Play Presenting the Origin and Early Development of The Johns Hopkins Hospital

JAMA. 1940;114(12):1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120076037

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This play, written for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Johns Hopkins Hospital, was presented in Baltimore May 4, 1939. The first scene is an imaginary conversation which takes place in the evening on the veranda of the country estate of Johns Hopkins in June 1866 between Mr. Hopkins and George Peabody, formerly of Baltimore but now of London. Mr. Hopkins, a Quaker who never married, does not smoke or drink except on the doctor's orders. He invites Mr. Peabody to dinner to talk over the disposition of his fortune, as he is now 71 years of age. Mr. Peabody, the story goes, has already made arrangements to leave most of his fortune to provide an academy of music and a gallery of art for Baltimore. He would like to found a university or college in Baltimore but his fortune is not large enough. The latter

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