"A Student's Dream", R. R. Robinson, 1906

 

"A Student's Dream", R. R. Robinson, 1906

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Title: "A Student's Dream", R. R. Robinson, 1906
Abstract: This copy of a mass-produced photographic image was acquired by Townsend W. Thorndike, MD (HMS '02) shortly after its publication. Thorndike's scrapbook of medical memorabilia, including Red Cross insignia and medical engravings, is now owned by the Boston Medical Library. Thorndike is credited with conceiving the Aesculapian Club. William C. Quinby, MD, '02, Secretary of the first chapter, explained in an address to the Club in 1948:

"Just what the real stimulus for the formation of the Aesculapian Club was, is vague but I suspect it lay to a considerable degree in the remembrance of earlier years in college clubs and the sociability attendant thereon, together with absence of all such in the medical school. There then appeared the real author of the club-Townsend W. Thorndike, a most charming character, and real enthusiast, filled with medical history and the stories of mythology. To him we owe the dedication of the club to Aesculapius and the adoption of our motto from Pare. Nothing more was needed, and the organization was immediately given birth."

Over its 100-year history, the Aesculapian Club has continued to fulfill its dual purpose of encouraging social interchange and inspiring an active interest in the progress of the Harvard Medical School. Some would argue that the Club -- or at least the student show -- has remained true to its progenitor's sense of humor. For more about the Club, see Image of the Month: February, 2001.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10473/1813

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