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—Several times we have had occasion, during the past year, to call attention to the great importance of liberal endowments to well established and properly located medical colleges. And we are now much gratified to learn that Mr. Wm. H. Vanderbilt, of New York, has donated to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of that city the munificent sum of half-a-million of dollars. If this is wisely used by the College, it will be amply sufficient to make the institution thoroughly efficient in all the departments of medical instruction. The authorities of the College, however, should not commit the too common error of spending the whole sum in new buildings and grounds, and have nothing left to sustain efficiently laboratories and workers in the more purely scientific departments of medical instruction. Mr. Vanderbilt has not only set a good example in the liberal amount donated, but also in bestowing it
Medical College Endowments. JAMA. 1884;III(18):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390670017005
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