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Dr Warthin Honored

Alfred Scott Warthin
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.