Pathology Department Records, 1923-1966

Forbus, Wiley Davis
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Major topics in this series include, but are not limited to, the conception of the department (based, in part, on the Johns Hopkins model) and development of pathology research at Duke. The administrative files in this series cover topics related to the day-to-day operation of the department. They include budgets and patient statistics for both the department and Duke Hospital from the 1930s until the 1960s, the development of departmental policies and procedures which impacted the hospital and medical school, and the set-up of subspecialties within the department such as neuropathology. Staffing, equipment, and the physical plant are also covered in these administrative records. Another group within this series includes student and staff applications with evidence of the evolution of the student and staff applications process. Additionally, this series contains groups of records related to grants; research manuscripts, and prospectus; departmental and interdepartmental memos and correspondence; and visitors to department from other medical institutions. The bulk of the biographical information on Wiley D. Forbus is in a folder in this series. Materials date from 1923 to 1966.


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