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September 2, 1974

Heritage of Excellence: The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 1914-1947

JAMA. 1974;229(10):1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230480070040

Wherein lies the excellence of a medical institution? Is it in the quality of education provided? The stimulation given to well-chosen capable students? The care given to patients, providing their health and comfort? Is it in the number and quality of research reports published? Turner, who was dean of the medical faculty of Johns Hopkins for 11 years, apparently considers that excellence lies in the achievements and reputation of the senior faculty.

This book, as a history of the Johns Hopkins medical institutions from 1914 to 1947, is actually a history of the senior faculty and top administration during that time. Every professor is identified, furnished with a biography, an account of all his appointments and honors, a full list of the members of the search committee that appointed him, and sometimes even a description of the rejected candidates. Sometimes a brief personal description reflects Turner's attitude. For example, he