Davison of Duke; His Reminiscences
Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Medical Center, 1980. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xvi, 283,  pages. Empty bookplate inside front cover. Cover has some wear and soiling. Illustrations. Includes Preface, Introduction, Illustrations, Tributes, Correspondence, In Memoriam, and Epilogue. Chapters cover Growing Up (1892-1909); Princeton (1909-1913); Oxford (1913-1916); Johns Hopkins University Medical School (1916-1917); Marriage and the First War (1917-1919); Harriet Lane Home Pediatric Training (1919-1927); Duke University Medical Center (1927-1943); The Second War (1941-1945); Post-War Duke (1945-1960); and Retirement (1960- ). This book was first published on the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Duke Medical Center as the most appropriate time to share this valuable, historic, and fascinating document with all Duke alumni and friends. The Duke Medical Center is an enduring tribute to Davison. When he went to Durham in early 1927, there was to be an interval of nearly three years until the building program was completed for the medical school and hospital. During this period he assembled a faculty, acquired the nucleus of a medical library, and conferred with architects on structural arrangements congenial to the dual purpose of teaching students and caring for patients. An international ecumenical symposium on "The Commonwealth of Children" was held at Duke University to honor Davison and his wife on his retirement on 5 Oct. 1961. Wilburt Cornell Davison, physician, teacher, and medical educator, was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., but grew up on Long Island, N.Y.. He was graduated with honors from Princeton University and awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, with which he pursued a medical education in Oxford University, England, and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He became a protégé of Sir William Osler, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, formerly of Johns Hopkins. Davison was one of the last students of this great medical humanist. During his Oxford years he became an "adopted" son to Sir William and Lady Grace and frequented their home at 19 Norham Gardens. It was here that he courted his wife and shared the grief of the Oslers when Revere, their only child, at age twenty-one was mortally wounded in the Ypres salient of Flanders. This intimate personal bond between a sensitive, brilliant young man and his teacher strongly influenced Davison's later career as dean of the first four-year medical school in North Carolina. Davison began his studies at Oxford in the late summer of 1913 and received a B.A. degree in 1915. He then entered Magdalen College as senior demy and was awarded a B.Sc. in medicine in 1916. Returning to Baltimore for clinical clerkship at Johns Hopkins, he was graduated with the M.D. degree in 1917. Further graduate work at Oxford earned him an M.A. degree in pediatrics and preventive medicine in 1919. Interspersed with his formal medical studies was voluntary duty with the American Red Cross on a typhus commission in France and Serbia (1914–15) and military duty as lieutenant to captain, medical corps, U.S. Army, Allied Expeditionary Force (1917–19). Back at Johns Hopkins after the war, Davison progressed rapidly in the years 1919–27: from resident to instructor in pediatrics (1919–21); associate to acting pediatrician-in-charge, Johns Hopkins Hospital; and assistant dean, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During the same period he was editor of The Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1927 to 1961 he was professor of pediatrics, dean of the medical school, and, until 1954, chairman of the pediatrics department at Duke University. He was also James B. Duke professor of pediatrics (1953–61). Condition: Good.
Keywords: William Cornell Davison, Duke University, William Osler, Medical Education, Medical School, Physician, Princeton, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, First World War, Pediatrics, Military Medicine