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The Michigan Alumnus 273
Dr. A. S. Warthin Honored By Publication of Volume of Contributions by Colleagues and Former Students
In recognition of his thirty-five years as an outstanding teacher in the Medical School, and his inter national reputation as a pathologist. Dr. Al dred S. Warthin has been the recipient of an unique honor from his colleagues and former students, in the form of a volume entitled "Contributions to Med ical Science." This book of 715 pages includes contributions from sixty-four authors, representing not only five of his early colleagues, Vaughan, Dock, Novy, Huber, and Rous, but also from one or more representatives from each of the thirty-five success ive classes, who in the words of the editors, "has been proud to acknowledge Dr. Warthin as the greatest living teacher of pathology."
It was about eighteen months ago that a group of the medical alumni of the University got together and planned this volume in honor of Dr. Warthin's sixtieth birthday, October 21, 1927, and of the com pletion of his thirty-fifth year of teaching. The vol ume just published marks the completion of their labors. In one respect it is unique in festschriften of this character because of unbroken sequence of papers coming from members from each of the thirty-five classes that have sat under Dr. Warthin.
On Tuesday afternoon, December 13, the formal presentation of the volume was made to the recip ient. The opening address by Dean Hugh Cabot of the Medical School was as follows:
It is characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon that he is gen erous in his commendations and appreciations of sci entific men in other lands. He is likely to be very liberal in praise of his scientific brethren in his own country, par ticularly if they live at a distance and he rarely sees them, but he is emphatically not liberal in voicing his appreciation of his immediate colleagues and he rarely ventures to praise them if there is any danger that they may hear it. This perhaps springs from a fear of embarrassing them, from a fear of awakening in them emotions which they habitually suppress or from other laudable but mistaken motives.
Be that as it may, the fact remains that we do rarely indulge ourselves in the luxury of telling our colleagues that we really think of the greatness of their work and the great effect they have produced in their field, both through their contributions and their teachings.
It is, therefore, somewhat notable that we have come here this afternoon to behave in a most un-Anglo-Saxon fashion. We are about to give ourselves the pleasure of telling our colleague, Professor Warthin, how much we ap preciate the amount, variety, and importance of his con tributions to science and how well we recognize his skill as a teacher and the widespread and permanent effects which he has produced in advancing sound medical education. There is no one of his colleagues who can more skillfully throw off the cloak of our reticence and state more knowingly and appreciatively our true estimate of his value than his old friend and colleague, Professor Novy, and he will, therefore, make the presentation.
The formal presentation was then made by Dr. Frederick Novy, '87, a colleague of Dr. Warthin from the first.
The Committee in charge has delegated to me the priv ilege and honor of acting in their behalf on this rare occasion. I appreciate this privilege the more so since it has been my good fortune to have known Dr. Warthin from the time he was a freshman on this Campus.
Dr. Warthin came to Michigan from Indiana Univer sity where he had been under the inspiring influence of two enthusiastic and great scientists, Dr. David Starr Jor dan, who later became president of Leland Stanford Uni versity, and the late Professor Eigenman. It was at Mich igan that he obtained an A.M. in 1S90, and his Ph. D. in 1893. It was here likewise that he obtained his medical degree in 1891.
His service in the University begun in 1891 when the Chair in medicine had been newly filled by the appointment of Dr. George Dock, who with his unusual training in In ternal Medicine and Pathology and because of his rare diagnostic ability was destined to become one of the great teachers of Medicine. Under him, Dr. Warthin served first as Assistant, then as Demonstrator of Internal Medicine. The stimulus that he then received is seen in the fact that while with him he spent three consecutive summers, 1893- 1895, abroad in the study of medicine and pathology.
In 1895 when the chair of pathology was vacated, Dr. Warthin was appointed Instructor in Pathology and served as such until 1899, when he became Assistant Professor. He was made Junior Professor in 1902 and finally, in 1903, Professor and Director of the Pathological Laboratory, which position he has held ever since.
During all these years, notwithstanding the strain of teaching and of routine, Dr. Warthin followed his natural bent as an investigator and observer. It is impossible to mention here all of his publications. Suffice it to say that his studies on Hemolymph Glands, Blood-forming Organs, Anemias, Tuberculosis, Syphilis, Neoplasms, not overlook ing his contributions to medical history, have won him his place in the front rank of American pathologists.
Last year (1926) saw the completion of thirty-five years of service in this University. During that period over 3,000 students received the impress of his earnestness, and thoroughness, and of his devotion to science.
It is a custom somewhat rare in this country, but less so abroad, for former pupils and associates to honor a great teacher and investigator by dedicating to him a Festchrift or Jubilee volume. It has been deemed appro priate to commemorate the thirty-five years of service and the (60th Anniversary of Dr. Warthin by a like observance.
Dr. Warthin, on behalf of the committee in charge, I take the very great pleasure of congratulating you and presenting you with this volume which is dedicated to you. It contains contributions from your associates and from one or more pupils from each of the thirty-five classes which sat under your instruction. Accept it as an outward ex pression of the deep appreciation and respect of your old students and friends together with the hope that for many years to come you may carry on in full strength and vigor.
Dr. Warthin, accepting the volume, said:
It is difficult to control one's emotion at such a time. No greater honor can come to a teacher than such tang ible evidences as contained in this volume that his life- work has met with a fair measure of success, and that his teaching ideals have, in part at least, been justified. That so large a group of my old students could thus come together in such a notable demonstration of their creative interest and ability and of the possession of higher ideals of their profession than that of mere success in practice, makes me most happy and very proud of the thirty-five classes that have passed through my department. Still happier am I when I realize that this number is only a small proportion of my old students who are showing such ideals and ability for creative living, but out of necessity could not be added to the group represented in this volume. I can claim, however, only a small share in this result; it is collectively a product of the labors and ideals of my colleagues during these thirty-five years. The Medical School and the University as a whole may well be proud of its medical graduates. To my old students who planned and carried out this volume, to its editors, and to my old teachers and colleagues who have contributed to it, I give my most sincere thanks for this, the greatest honor of my life.
In addition to the fifty-seven articles included in this handsome volume an appendix, prepared by Dr. Carl V. Weller, presents a long list, filling some eighteen pages, of books and articles by Dr. War thin, as well as his contributions to periodicals. Nothing could indicate so impressively the real ac complishment of Dr. Warthin in his chosen field. The volume itself is beautifully printed and profusely illustrated, with a portrait of Dr. Warthin as a frontispiece.
The list of medical alumni who contributed to the volume are by classes, as follows: 1892, Richard R. Smith; 1803, Alice Hamilton; 1894. James Rae Arneill; 1895, Harlow Brooks; 1896, David M. Cowie; 1897, George B. Wallace; 1898, Lydia M. DeWitt; 1899, R. Bishop Canfleld; 1900, Fritz C. Hyde; 1901, Charles W. Edmunds and Willard J. Stone; 1902, Harry S. McGee and Roger S. Morris; 1903, James G. Cumming and Warren P. Elmer; 1904, Samuel R. Haythorn, Frank Smithies, Charles T. Sturgeon, and Charles F. Tenney; 1905, Hugo A. Freund and Ward J. MacNeal; 1906, John T. Watkins and Carl J. Wiggers; 1907, Charles Stuart Wilson; 1908 . Clough T. Burnett; 1909, Ralph R. Mellon and Luther Warren; 1910, Max M. Peet and Ferris N. Smith; 1911, Harold K. Faber; 1912, Harold I. Lillie, Carey P. McCord and John H. Stokes; 1913, Carl V. Weller; 1914, Francis E. Senear; 1915, Albert C. Furstenberg; 1916, Carl W. Eberbach, Lyle B. Kingery, and Warren T. Vaughan; 1917, Warren C. Breidenbach; 1918, George R. Herrman and Lynne A. Hoag; 1919, Carl E. Badgley, Theophile Raphael, and John Purl Parsons; 1920, John L. Garvey; 1921, Robert E. Barney and Allen C. Starry; 1922, Lester M. Wieder; 1923, William M. Brace and Robert R. Dieterle; 1924, Walter M. Simpson; 1925, Eugene B. Potter; 1926, Carl H. Fortune.
The selection of the articles and the task of pub lication of the book was under the direct editorial supervision of Willard J. Stone, '01m, Pasadena. Calif., and Carl V. Weller, '13m, Professor of Path ology in the Medical School. The book was published by George Wahr, Ann Arbor.