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A half-century of growth

The medical school was a quiet place in 1951, with a part-time dean and only 23 full professors. What a difference 50 years makes.

In 1951, the School of Medicine operated on a budget of just over $3 million. In 2001, annual revenue had grown 239-fold, to $717 million.In 1951, $1 million was spent on research. Fifty years later, the total was 382 times that figure.And at the century’s midpoint, the medical school faculty counted only 23 full professors among its ranks. As of last October, that number had grown to 379, still just a fraction of the total 1,354 current full-time faculty.It’s fair to say that the school has grown dramatically over the past five decades.That growth is the focus of Medicine at Yale, 1951-2001, the third in a series of exhibits at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library curated by Historical Librarian Toby A. Appel,...

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