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WILLIAM H. WELCH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/28/1930 - HFSID 4601

WILLIAM H. WELCH "The Dean of American Medicine" replies to congratulations for his eightieth birthday. Typed Letter Signed: "William H. Welch", 1p, 8½x11. Baltimore, Maryland, 1930 April 28. On letterhead of The Johns Hopkins University to Mr. Victor G. Bloede, Baltimore, Maryland.

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WILLIAM H. WELCH
"The Dean of American Medicine" replies to congratulations for his eightieth birthday.
Typed Letter Signed: "William H. Welch", 1p, 8½x11. Baltimore, Maryland, 1930 April 28. On letterhead of The Johns Hopkins University to Mr. Victor G. Bloede, Baltimore, Maryland. In full: "I thank you most cordially for your kind message of congratulations and good wishes upon my eightieth birthday. I have been deeply moved by the celebrations and the many expressions of felicitation and good will in honor of my birthday. I accept these not merely as a personal tribute, but rather as a much appreciated recognition of the great advances of scientific medicine and public health in America during the last half century. I have been singularly fortunate in my pupils and associates, in the support and good will of my professional colleagues, to whom I owe an inexpressible debt of gratitude, and in the opportunities afforded me, especially in the educational field, to participate in this advancement. With many other I rejoice in the high position which medical and sanitary science, art and education have attained in this country. With kindest regards, best wishes and sincere thanks, I am Very faithfully yours," William Henry Welch (1850-1934), an internationally respected medical scientist, was called the "Dean of American Medicine". At the time of this letter, he was Professor of the History of Medicine (1926-1930) at Johns Hopkins University, where he had previously served as Professor of Pathology (1884-1916), Dean of the Medical Faculty (1893-1898) and Director of the School of Hygiene (1916-1926), and Chairman of the Board of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University), on which he had served since 1901. The pathologist, who is credited with introducing laboratory methods of instruction (at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, 1879-1884), was a leading researcher in the fields of immunity and in the diseases of diphtheria, pneumonia and the Welch bacillus of gas gangrene. Lightly creased, with folds, not at signature. Toned and soiled.

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