by Philip Skroska - December 19, 2016
In 1930, Vilray P. Blair, MD, the founder of the plastic surgery program at Washington University School of Medicine, was planning his new operating room in the surgical wing of Barnes Hospital. Blair was world-renowned for his work on the most difficult cases, and still did a considerable amount of surgeries on children under local anesthetic. Many of the children brought into the operating room awake were terrified. He hoped to find a way to comfort them and help them relax during the operations.
by Philip Skroska - November 11, 2016
On Veterans Day the United States honors those who served in the United States Armed Forces. Washington University School of Medicine has educated many military men and women over the years, including one particularly interesting group. During the Second World War it was possible to be an active serviceman or servicewoman and still attend medical school – or nursing or dental school – by participating in the US Army’s Specialist Training Program (ASTP), the Navy’s V-12 Program, or the Cadet Nurse Corps.
by Philip Skroska - October 5, 2016
“At a time when care for children with cancer was only compassion, Teresa Vietti almost single-handedly developed the approach of laboratory-based studies, translational research and clinical trials. She was truly the mother of multimodality cancer treatment."
Washington University began offering medical education it 1891. For twenty-four years, the medical school was located in downtown St. Louis. In the spring of 1915, faculty, staff, and students moved into the newly constructed North,...
by Philip Skroska - February 11, 2015
Helen E. Nash challenged the racial status quo in St. Louis when she became the first African-American doctor to join the staff of St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1949.
by Philip Skroska - December 31, 2014
As a new year begins, it is traditional to look back at the year that was. 2014 was unique in the number of notable anniversaries celebrating events which in some way had profound effects on the history of Washington University School of Medicine.