The first century of Johns Hopkins Medicine has been spectacularly successful. People, ideas, and new techniques all flowed from the new institution and changed medicine and medical education throughout the world. The celebration of the centennial stimulates us to look back, identify the reasons for that success, and make sure they are incorporated into planning for our next century.
I believe the key to the success of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions has been a synergistic balance of research, teaching, and patient care. We think of these three activities as forming a triangle, and this triangle provides the strength and stability essential for all our endeavors. The dean's job is to ensure that all three sides of the triangle grow at the same rate. There are, and have always been, forces in the environment that tend to stimulate the growth of one or the other of the three sides. For