Medicine: Historian

Last week Dr. Henry E. Sigerist of Switzerland became professor of the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Because there are comparatively few chairs of the history of medicine in U. S. universities and because Dr. Sigerist is primarily an historian rather than a physician, his appointment was of particular interest to medical men. More important, he is the man chosen to succeed U. S. Medicine's venerable "dean," Dr. William Henry ("Popsie") Welch, 82, as head of Johns Hopkins' expensive Institute of the History of Medicine.

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