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Baylor College of Medicine History Book Available

Chancellor emeritus William T. Butler, M.D., has compiled a history of Baylor College of Medicine covering the 70-year period following the move to Houston in 1943. It will be presented as a four-volume set, each with more than 300 pages and extensive photographs.

Volume 1, Arming for Battle Against Disease: Rebirth in Houston, covers the move to Houston, the development of a modern curriculum – both medical and graduate – under dean Stanley Olson, M.D., and the rise of research including the cardiovascular breakthroughs of the 1950s and 1960s.

Volume 2, Arming for Battle Against Disease: Independence, describes the administrative turmoil of the 1960s that led to the election of Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., as president, the separation from Baylor University, the partnership with the State of Texas, and the challenges and advances under DeBakey’s presidency.

Volume 3, Arming for Battle Against Disease: Coming of Age, includes efforts to organize clinical practice and strengthen the College's hospital affiliations; the modernization of those facilities, including the antiquated VA and Ben Taub hospitals; the social issues of community care, teen health and David the "Bubble Boy"; the lengthy presidential transition from DeBakey to Butler; the development of research strategies within broad-based institutional planning and the major expansion of the core campus beginning in the 1980s.

Volume 4 will address dramatic scientific discoveries, especially in genetics with the mapping of the human genome; the inclusion of minority students with the development of collaborative high school-through-medical school programs; the turmoil of terminating the Methodist Hospital affiliation and the resulting financial and leadership challenges; the return of Butler as interim president; the efforts to restabilize the College; the election of Paul E. Klotman, M.D., as president and the eventual construction of the College's new hospital campus.

Only a limited number of copies will be printed. Each volume, including postage, costs $65 and may be ordered from the College.