The University of Michigan (U of M) is proud to celebrate a splendid
legacy of innovation and service at the 150th anniversary of its medical school.1- 3 Some notable achievements
in our history include the establishment of the first university-owned teaching
hospital in 1869, enrollment of women and African American medical students
in the 1870s, development of iodized table salt as a goiter preventive,4,5 early advances in electrocardiography,6 the first thoracic surgery section and introduction
of thoracoplasty for tuberculosis,7 the development
and progressive application of extracorporeal life support,8
discovery of the gene for cystic fibrosis,9
investigation of gene therapies for cardiovascular diseases10
and muscular dystrophies,11 and new forms of
managed care.12 However, we cannot rest on
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