Medicine: Tradition

Vanderbilt donations to public institutions have been frequent, moderate, unostentatious through the generations, in regard to some organizations practically a tradition. Thus in 1884 William Henry, second in line, gave $500,000 to found the school of medicine in connection with the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now part of Columbia University). Two years later (he died in 1885) his four boys, Cornelius II, William Kissam, Frederick William and George W., learned that that medical school needed a clinic and supplied money for the Vanderbilt Clinic. Now, after 40 years of training medical students and treating millions of patients, the clinic's facilities...

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