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History of the Department of Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine, 1813-2010.

Lentz TL - Yale J Biol Med (2011)

Bottom Line: Cell Biology at Yale had its origins in the Department of Anatomy that existed from the beginning of classes at the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1813.The formation and development of the Section and Department of Cell Biology in the second half of the 20th century to the present time are described.Biographies and research activities of the chairs and key faculty in anatomy and cell biology are provided.

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Affiliation: Department of Cell Biology, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06520-8002, USA. thomas.lentz@yale.edu

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The Department of Cell Biology at the Yale University School of Medicine was established in 1983. It was preceded by the Section of Cell Biology, which was formed in 1973 when George E. Palade and collaborators came to Yale from the Rockefeller University. Cell Biology at Yale had its origins in the Department of Anatomy that existed from the beginning of classes at the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1813. This article reviews the history of the Department of Anatomy at Yale and its evolution into Cell Biology that began with the introduction of histology into the curriculum in the 1860s. The formation and development of the Section and Department of Cell Biology in the second half of the 20th century to the present time are described. Biographies and research activities of the chairs and key faculty in anatomy and cell biology are provided.

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Anatomy class, 1899. Harry Burr Ferris is third from left. Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Anatomy, 1891-1933.
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Figure 7: Anatomy class, 1899. Harry Burr Ferris is third from left. Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Anatomy, 1891-1933.

Mentions: Harry Burr Ferris (1865-1940) [14] received his BA degree in 1887 and his MD degree from Yale in 1890. He was appointed Instructor in Anatomy in 1891 and taught for 42 years until his retirement in 1933. In 1897, he was appointed the Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Anatomy. He was the first full-time member of the Department of Anatomy and, from 1895 to 1911, the only one. He cut the histology sections and prepared demonstration slides during that time (Figure 6). He was extensively involved in teaching all aspects of anatomy and was considered an outstanding teacher (Figure 7). It is said that his knowledge of anatomy was prodigious and his memory frightening. His lectures were unforgettable. Because of his heavy teaching load, he had little time for research. However, he wrote a paper on mitotic division of cancer cells, several papers on the neuron, and later on the history of medicine.


History of the Department of Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine, 1813-2010.

Lentz TL - Yale J Biol Med (2011)

Anatomy class, 1899. Harry Burr Ferris is third from left. Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Anatomy, 1891-1933.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 7: Anatomy class, 1899. Harry Burr Ferris is third from left. Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Anatomy, 1891-1933.
Mentions: Harry Burr Ferris (1865-1940) [14] received his BA degree in 1887 and his MD degree from Yale in 1890. He was appointed Instructor in Anatomy in 1891 and taught for 42 years until his retirement in 1933. In 1897, he was appointed the Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Anatomy. He was the first full-time member of the Department of Anatomy and, from 1895 to 1911, the only one. He cut the histology sections and prepared demonstration slides during that time (Figure 6). He was extensively involved in teaching all aspects of anatomy and was considered an outstanding teacher (Figure 7). It is said that his knowledge of anatomy was prodigious and his memory frightening. His lectures were unforgettable. Because of his heavy teaching load, he had little time for research. However, he wrote a paper on mitotic division of cancer cells, several papers on the neuron, and later on the history of medicine.

Bottom Line: Cell Biology at Yale had its origins in the Department of Anatomy that existed from the beginning of classes at the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1813.The formation and development of the Section and Department of Cell Biology in the second half of the 20th century to the present time are described.Biographies and research activities of the chairs and key faculty in anatomy and cell biology are provided.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Cell Biology, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06520-8002, USA. thomas.lentz@yale.edu

ABSTRACT
The Department of Cell Biology at the Yale University School of Medicine was established in 1983. It was preceded by the Section of Cell Biology, which was formed in 1973 when George E. Palade and collaborators came to Yale from the Rockefeller University. Cell Biology at Yale had its origins in the Department of Anatomy that existed from the beginning of classes at the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1813. This article reviews the history of the Department of Anatomy at Yale and its evolution into Cell Biology that began with the introduction of histology into the curriculum in the 1860s. The formation and development of the Section and Department of Cell Biology in the second half of the 20th century to the present time are described. Biographies and research activities of the chairs and key faculty in anatomy and cell biology are provided.

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