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A nurturing vision

The medical school’s external face owes a great debt to a pioneer of American landscape design.

Inside Sterling Hall of Medicine, brain specimens from Harvey Cushing’s collection share shelf space with 19th century physicians’ implements, historic photographs and aging tomes on the healing arts. But the medical school’s wealth of notable specimens is not confined to the great indoors.Outside its walls, an observant visitor can spot the sycamore tree the grounds crew calls the Hippocratic Growth, which grew from a seed that came from the birthplace of Hippocrates in Greece. Within its courtyards grows one of the only American elms to survive New Haven’s Dutch elm outbreak in the 1930s. And the landscaping for the medical campus—for much of the university, in fact—is the design of Beatrix Jones Farrand,...

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