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drawing of proposed buildings on the Quad, circa 1903
FORMING FUNCTION: Architect’s drawing, circa 1903, of the proposed Quad buildings
 

“Medicine is an intensely practical calling.”

So said Frederick Cheever Shattuck, Class of 1873, at dedication ceremonies in June 1906 for five new HMS buildings. Those Beaux-Arts buildings, still bordering the Quad, were designed to satisfy a practical mission: to upgrade the School’s environment for research and education. But of equal moment was the philosophical conviction that these buildings were, as J. Collins Warren, Class of 1866, Moseley Professor of Surgery, noted, “to be made an agent not only for the diffusion of learning, but for substantial aid and comfort to the suffering.”

At the time, the School had revised its curriculum to place a greater emphasis on laboratory work; the buildings were considered emblematic of a new start for medical education and research in this country. HMS Dean William Lambert Richardson said that “the facilities [were] so ample and the equipment so complete that the Faculty has decided to … open all courses, including laboratory courses, to persons not candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine.”

 

device with a handle and metal ring within which sits a propeller-like assembly; used for testing hospital air flow
BREATH OF FRESH AIR: A model of a hospital ventilation testing device, also known as an anemometer, that was owned and used by Morrill Wyman, HMS Class of 1837, who studied and wrote about the mechanics and health benefits of proper air movement and ventilation in hospitals and sickrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Courtesy of the Archives of Harvard Medical School and the Warren Anatomical Museum at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

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