The Birth of the Texas Medical Center: A Personal Account
Frederick Elliott, William Henry Kellar
Cloth Cover: 256 pagesBefore World War II, Houston was home to many outstanding individual doctors, but no comprehensive, synergistic system existed to focus their collective efforts.
Texas A&M University Press
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Today, the world-renowned Texas Medical Center sprawls across more than 740 acres and receives more than five million patients each year. Its forty-two member institutions include one dental school, two medical schools, four schools of nursing, and thirteen hospitals.
This book provides realistic portraits of the medical men, educators, and businessmen who worked together - and sometimes quarreled - to bring the Medical Center into being.
The determination of a few hardworking individuals such as dental professor Frederick C. Elliott breathed life into the dream of a multi- specialty, multi-institutional medical complex. His autobiography, edited by William Henry Kellar, presents an eyewitness account of the founding of the Texas Medical Center.
He details the political struggles of finding funding and property for the building of the center as well as conflicts that arose regarding innovative treatments and procedures for inter-institutional cooperation.
Through the time and vision Elliott and others put into building the Texas Medical Center, doctors found a forum in which to learn from one another and to exchange ideas and techniques that would change the way the art of medicine was taught and practiced. Elliott's story reveals the human side of a huge and dynamic institution.
WILLIAM HENRY KELLAR lives in Houston, Texas, and is the executive director of the University of Houston's Scholars' Community. Kellar has written several books, including Kelsey-Seybold Clinic: A Legacy of Excellence in Health Care. FREDERICK C. ELLIOTT was one of the nine signers of the original charter establishing the Texas Medical Center in 1945 and held the position of executive director from 1952–63. A passionate advocate for improved public health, he served on a variety of health committees, including the Red Cross and the Houston Board of Health (of which he was president from 1938–41).
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