William Stewart Halsted, who was destined to work and to produce in a golden era in medicine, was born in New York City in 1852. He was graduated from Yale University in arts in 1874 and from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in medicine in 1877. It was while serving an internship at Bellevue that he first met William H. Welch, who had just returned from Germany where he had been working in the basic sciences in the laboratories of Julius Cohnheim and others. At that time medical education in this country was in a deplorable state. There were many medical schools, none of university caliber, and all proprietary, whereas there were about 20 university medical schools in Germany. About this time Johns Hopkins, a Baltimore merchant and banker, left his fortune for the establishment of a university and a hospital, the latter to be a part of the
Blalock A. WILLIAM STEWART HALSTED, AN APPRECIATION ON THE CENTENARY OF HIS BIRTH. JAMA. 1952;150(11):1082–1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110022006
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